Mono County Public Health Department Orders Mandatory Face Masks in Public

Mandatory Face Covering Ordered in Mono County by Public Health Officer, Dr. Tom Boo, MD.

While this action on Friday, May 1st, by the Public Health Department in Mono County has been widely anticipated, it will be interesting to see if this public health order, that “face coverings are required to be worn by all individuals while in public spaces in Mono County,” will be respected by all, much less can be effectively enforced.

In other areas of the country, orders mandating wearing of masks in public have been vigorously protested…and as quickly rescinded by mayors and governors as being “unenforceable,” especially as “StayAtHome” orders are becoming less stringent in many places and with warmer weather bringing out more and more of the public outside.

Another problem found with public health orders on compulsory face coverings is that much of the public’s frustration and anger sometimes become directed at store employees, and escalate to threats. The employees feel that they are “caught between a rock and a hard place.” Many employees feel that they should not be expected to try to enforce any such order and that it should not become their job to do so. Some members of law enforcement have also expressed increasing concerns.

Many small business owners and some elements of the public are beginning to demand that businesses be allowed to reopen under specific guidelines to protect employees and customers. Those guidelines would most likely require both employees and customers to wear masks and maintain physical/social distancing within any business establishment.

Requirements, state to state, county to county and city to city have varied widely on compulsory face masks being worn by the public. Inyo County and Mono County residents have been remarkably compliant with public health orders issued thus far, a fact that many feel have kept the numbers of positive COVID-19 cases low by comparison to other more populated parts of the state.  On the other hand, it is the low numbers of cases in several rural counties in California that is driving the push to “reopen” businesses and allow greater freedom of movement and activities by the public.


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16 Responses to Mono County Public Health Department Orders Mandatory Face Masks in Public

  1. Liberty May 6, 2020 at 4:04 pm #

    More Lunacy- leftist orders with no foundation, science or evidence that the general population of rural Mono county where at leat 80% of the county is remote rural govt. lands has any reason to wear a mask. I was just reading an article in about how wearing a mask may increase your risk for lung virus-infection by re-circulating air to your lungs and that fresh air is a better defense to virus exposure and that a CDC study shows that masks don’t protect against virus exposures. Why is it that when the virus numbers continue to drop, which is likely weather and herd immunity, some leftist draconian people think to increase their already proven mitigation virus fear failures and invent more liberal panic orders.

  2. Mono Man May 6, 2020 at 9:42 am #

    I see Caltrans still doesn’t think the rules apply to them.

  3. Maureen Elizabeth McClain May 6, 2020 at 1:44 am #

    I am as Cooperative as I can be, it only makes sense. What confuses me is words like orders and mandatory at a time when our courts are closed. What are you going to do? Why do we have to use such a heavy hammer who puts words like mandatory in order on the table. I say I agree with wearing masks but if you’re going to mandate this and order this then provide the dam masks.

  4. Art La Cues May 4, 2020 at 7:19 pm #

    Inyo county should show such common sense. At least our markets in Bishop are doing their best to protect the public’s health and I commend them. Wearing a mask when in a public place is showing your concern for the health of your neighbors, Is that asking too much?

  5. Jennifer Ann Mendez May 4, 2020 at 4:11 pm #

    Where are the exemptions. I refuse to harm myself by wearing one of these masks to make someone else feel better or provide them a false sense of security. I have asthma and it’s common knowledge that face masks are more harmful then good. You idiots are expelling Carbon dioxide and then breathing it back in which is DEADLY! People have crashed their damn cars because of this. I am not here to make others more comfortable at the expense to my own health. I will NEVER wear a mask and IF you violate my rights you will be sued!

    • quacque May 4, 2020 at 6:30 pm #

      Do a little reading and learn: “Nearly All Patients Hospitalized With Covid-19 Had Chronic Health Issues, Study Finds” (today’s New York Times; if you don’t like that source, search elsewhere). In other words, if you really do have a chronic health condition, you (yes, you) are among the most susceptible to the disease. So all those mask-wearing people are trying to protect you (yes, you). So maybe have a little courtesy and return the favor? Denial is not an effective means of survival.

    • Stop non-essential travel May 4, 2020 at 8:23 pm #

      uh oh, better alert the millions of healthcare professionals WITH MEDICAL DEGREES, worldwide, wearing masks day-in and day-out that they are idiots and poisoning themselves…..should probably avoid masking up during surgeries as well….

      • Charles James May 5, 2020 at 9:10 am #

        The real shame is that store employees pushed into “enforcing” the “wear face coverings” are placed at real risk from those that choose to exercise their “constitutional right” to not wear them. Common courtesy and consideration of others’ health and safety should be a part of anyone’s basic upbringing and character, but apparently some lack those basic values of kindness, consideration and charity towards others.

        This story reported just today: 3 charged in killing of store security guard over virus mask.

        When even a store clerk or security guard is put at risk of serious harm, even death, whether over wearing a face covering or a parking spot, should be completely unacceptable to society. This is not about “constitutional rights,” it’s about what should be common human decency.

    • Maureen Elizabeth McClain May 6, 2020 at 1:38 am #

      I have to call you on this. I also have asthma. You’re not in danger when you wear a mask. If you start coughing go outside and take the mask off. This is way too dramatic.

  6. eric h. May 4, 2020 at 1:34 pm #

    A client of mine who is an operating room nurse put it quite well. “I wear a mask in public, not for me, but for you. I want you to know that I am educated enough to know that I could be asymptomatic and still give you the virus. No, I don’t “live in fear” of the virus, I just want to be part of the solution, not the problem. I don’t feel that the “government is controlling me”, I feel like I’m being an adult contributing to society and I want to teach others the same. The world does not revolve around me. It’s not all about me and my comfort. If we could all live with other people’s consideration in mind, this whole world would be a much better place. Wearing a mask doesn’t make me weak, scared, stupid or even “controlled”, it makes me considerate. When you think about how you look, or how uncomfortable he is or what others think of you, just imagine someone close to you. A father, mother, grandfather, aunt, or uncle choking on a respirator. So ask yourself if you could have done something more for them. It is simply respect for others.”

    • Maureen Elizabeth McClain May 6, 2020 at 1:35 am #

      “I feel like I’m being an adult contributing to society and I want to teach others the same.”…and “I want you to know that I am educated enough to know that I could be asymptomatic and still give you the virus. ” Some People might consider this approach not helpful. We cannot put people in categories based on their education. It doesn’t have a role here. It’s a devisive and prejudicial. I get what your friend has to say but the fact that she’s an operating nurse, or considers herself more educated than others does not forward the kind of thinking we need when we are trying to work as a community. we need to focus on people that are doing the best they can to work with the community just stop this virus. We need to be encouraging and grateful. Some people like myself have family members or a family member in hospice. With that I find it extremely inappropriate to mention anyone’s father, grandfather, mother, brother, any member of their family choking on a respirator.

      • eric h. May 6, 2020 at 11:49 am #

        I’m sorry, I was going to let this go but having thought about it I wish to clear a few things up. 1st I was the one who put down her occupation simply to show she has first hand experience, my mistake. 2nd “I get what your friend has to say but the fact that she’s an operating nurse, or considers herself more educated than others does not forward the kind of thinking we need when we are trying to work as a community. we need to focus on people that are doing the best they can to work with the community just stop this virus.” How do you accomplish this task? How do you work with others, help others, learn from others to solve the problems before you? Through education! As for your final complaint, think about how many times people talk about the statistics, how the death rate is only 2-4% so why worry or it’s okay if older people are dying as long as we get our economy back up and running.Her point is exactly what you are complaining about, that these “statistics” are real people who should get every chance to live there lives to the fullest and not just written off for very selfish reasons.

        • calvino May 29, 2020 at 1:45 pm #

          2-4%??? That percentage was outdated even when you posted this. Other studies in CA, other parts of the country and worldwide were showing the IFR to be far lower- anywhere from .1 to .5%. This was known in late April but the media, of course, drew very little attention to this. And now, the CDC itself scales down to an approximate maximum of .26%. This is roughly 10-20 times lower and that is highly significant. Folks in long-term care facilities are going to be about 50% of all deaths. This plea for the “general good” should be seen through for what it is based on the fact that this was all supposed to be about potential hospital overload and we are well past that risk (#s of cases, hospitalizations, deaths, have been descending for weeks now with some exceptions of remaining flat). This fear being stoked about reopening too soon assumes people are too stupid and/or careless to use their own caution and be considerate and helps prevent herd immunity. The sane approach, which has always been the norm, is to ask the risk groups to stay indoors, ask those who become sick to self-isolate, and ask everyone else to use known techniques to be careful and thoughtful of others’ health. This does not mean wearing masks everywhere but allowing people to develop herd immunity which can help prevent reoccurences and burn out the virus more quickly. Not allowing this only kicks the can down the road and now we are well past the high point. There would be no ‘2nd wave’ of much substance if we are allowed to live like the social being that we are.

          • Charles James May 29, 2020 at 2:40 pm #

            Calvino, while you did not provide any specific links to the IFR (Infection Fatality Rate) data that you referenced,the May 24 article,“The CDC’s New ‘Best Estimate’ Implies a COVID-19 Infection Fatality Rate Below 0.3%,” on would seem to support your numbers.
            Infection Fatality Rate (IFR) represents the proportion of deaths among all the infected individuals. It is closely related to the CFR, but attempts to additionally account for all asymptomatic and undiagnosed infection.
            Case fatality rate (CFR) is the proportion of deaths from a certain disease compared to the total number of people diagnosed with the disease for a certain period of time.

  7. Indygal May 4, 2020 at 9:21 am #

    I am happy to see safety protocols put in place so that small business can safely open up. Hopefully Inyo will follow suit!

  8. Angelle May 4, 2020 at 6:32 am #

    A little late isnt it? In my opinion it’s like going home after the barn door is closed. It’s time to open us back up


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