Inyo Public Health Officer Mandates Universal Cloth Face Covering; other orders rescinded

In a move that was largely anticipated, Inyo County Public Health Officer, James Richardson, has issued a public health order to the effect that anyone in the general public leaving their homes to access essential and non-essential services must wear cloth face coverings, especially when unable to maintain 6’ social distancing. [A copy of the order can be found at the end of this article.

While this new public health order has been mandated, others are being rescinded. Those orders are:

  • Order issued 3/20/2020 – Temporary Prohibition of Non-Essential Public Gatherings, Required Social Distancing Measures, Closure and Limitations of Certain Businesses.
  • Order issued 3/31/2020 – Businesses Operating During COVID-19 Note: Despite the rescission of these local orders, many of their provisions remain in effect statewide pursuant to the Governor’s current executive orders and guidance. The public is advised to review those orders & to contact state or local health departments with questions. Those that remain in effect are:
  • A May 8, 2020 revision of the Order issued March 27, 2020 that requires self-isolation and quarantine for individuals who are diagnosed with COVID-19, and their close contacts.
  • Order issued on April 23, 2020, amended and superseded the Health Officer order issued on March 31, 2020 and prohibits certain short-term rentals.
  • Order issued on April 27, 2020 provides for universal use of face masks at all residential, long-term care, and skilled nursing facilities and provides guidance as to the types of masks that can be used under certain conditions. For more information on the Revised Inyo County Health Order visit: https://www.inyocounty.us/sites/default/files/2020-05/Rescind-Certain-Local-Health-Orders_5.8.20.pdf

For more information on the Revised State of California Health Order visit: https://www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/5.7.20-EO-N-63-20.pdf

  • Parking Lot or Drive-in Gatherings: The California Department of Public Health indicated that as of May 7th services held by churches or school graduations, can occur using a “drive-in” model in which each vehicle is occupied by only common household members, appropriate 6 foot social distancing between vehicles is maintained and masking orders are followed.

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Mike
Mike
2 years ago

We have to wear shoes to go inside businesses. I really don’t get the hubbub about temporarily having to wear masks. All you folks calling these precautions tyranny when we still Have much to learn about this virus are being incredibly irresponsible.

Liberty
Liberty
2 years ago

The other thing this will do is send the few who do shop locally to Nevada in even bigger numbers. Same for Mono county, both are just wiping out small business and seem to have little concern about it. Nevada and other border states will also see huge increases of… Read more »

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
2 years ago
Reply to  Liberty

Went to Chalfant Big Trees earlier today. The place was jumping with business. Staff was wearing masks as were all the customers that I saw. Nobody seemed to have their panties in a wad about it like you seem to. Stopped by Mountain Rambler to get a growler filled. Same… Read more »

Liberty
Liberty
2 years ago

Unfortunately, much of this mask order routine seems political and grandstanding from one county to another. When the facts are business owners can make their own choices, the counties don’t need to have an unenforceable order which has to be enforced by law enforcement who have enough to do without… Read more »

Good bye
Good bye
2 years ago

What a joke. Funny thing is dr richardson couldn’t think of anything on his own. What a waste of money his salary is. Time to cut their losses and contract Dr Boo also. Why wait for dr richardson to repeat what Dr Boo says. Cut the middle man out!!

Inyo Local
Inyo Local
2 years ago

Charles James, I looked up the codes referenced on the header and that code is “resisting an executive officer” which is punishable by up to three years in jail. Does this sound like a just punishment for violation of their order?

Wise ol owl.
Wise ol owl.
2 years ago

I have seen and worked with these credentialed people, it would be nice to have physicians that had much experience through these types of viruses. They are much wiser. Ive spent over 30 years in medicine, I’ve seen many many changes. The most frustrating are the people that google stuff.… Read more »

Sardude
Sardude
2 years ago

Or what? You say this is a mandate so what is the punishment for disobedience?

Charles James
2 years ago
Reply to  Sardude

Well, it’s listed there in the “Order” on page 4: “UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE CALIFORNIA HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE SECTIONS 101040, 101085 AND 120175, THE COUNTY OF INYO HEALTH OFFICER ORDERS: 12) Pursuant to Sections…, the Health Officer requests that the Sheriff and chiefs of police in all cities… Read more »

FishinDay395
FishinDay395
2 years ago

I’d love to have these people blasting our local Health Officers and Physicians list their credentials and experience with public health. I’m assuming in most cases the list would be rather short and comprise of “internet search expert.” These people are in these positions for a reason. They have gone… Read more »

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
2 years ago

Evidence has shown that many of us could unknowingly be carrying the virus. Even though the majority of us would recover from covid if infected, there are still many in the community who would not. The last thing I would want to do is unknowingly pass on the virus to… Read more »

Verne Disney
Verne Disney
2 years ago

I’m with you Charles…………I’m sure I don’t have the virus, but I’m NOT willing to bet someone else’s life on it.

Sean
Sean
2 years ago

Another good example of local government tyranny. There is no evidence to support the utility of wearing facial covering in the open air as a prevention of virus infection. Richardson is only another power hungry but obsolete person, as are most medical practitioners in Bishop.

PATRIOT
PATRIOT
2 years ago
Reply to  Sean

Sean, you should join The Movement’s protest against this tyranny! How dare the deep state medical cabal mandate we wear something! Communists!!! Don’t people know that all face coverings – yes ALL OF THEM – will kill us!?? Especially if we stop breathing!!! (Except for any Asian population or medical… Read more »

Happy gilmore
Happy gilmore
2 years ago
Reply to  PATRIOT

How can you be a communist and nazi at the same time? Just asking!

Brhaaahaaahaaa!
Brhaaahaaahaaa!
2 years ago
Reply to  PATRIOT

A perfect 10 Patriot! You checked a few more boxes this time. Plus some extra credit for the “No Pants”! Those No Shoes, No Shirts, No Service signs will likely be updated to include No Masks, but something tells me they’ll forget to mention the pants. It’s getting hot and… Read more »

Stop non-essential travel
Stop non-essential travel
2 years ago
Reply to  Sean

Where did you get your Medical Degree Sean ?

Sean
Sean
2 years ago

@stop non essential: I got my degree at UCSF both in medicine and epidemiology. I have worked on four continents among communities suffering highly infectious diseases. Being outdoors in the mountains with fresh air is probably the safest place to be rather than being stifled by a useless piece of… Read more »

Charles James
2 years ago
Reply to  Sean

If, as you say, you have a degree in medicine and epidemiology, please consider sharing your real full name so that your credentials to make the judgements that you have of Dr. Brown, Dr. Richardson, and Dr. Boo can be compared and evaluated by others. Otherwise, your opinion counts for… Read more »

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
2 years ago
Reply to  Charles James

The crickets are deafening.

Stop non-essential travel
Stop non-essential travel
2 years ago
Reply to  Sean

Re-read the order Sean. It clearly states that wearing a mask, along with hand-washing, and physical distancing MAY reduce the risk of transmission and exposure. When physical distancing with others outside of your home is not possible then wear a mask. It’s not local tyranny, good god, the drama. You… Read more »

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
2 years ago
Reply to  Sean

So we should ignore all the public health officials and instead listen to “Sean” because he’s the real expert. Got it.

Nick
Nick
2 years ago

You don’t have to be a doctor to have common sense. But you cannot be a Democrat to have common sense.

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
2 years ago
Reply to  Sean

FYI:
As of today, The White House has directed all West Wing staff to wear masks at all times in the building, except when they are at their own desks.