Face Coverings Required When Outside the Home
Posted on 04/18/2020

On Friday, April 17th, the Alameda County Public Health Department announced a requirement that that members of the public wear face coverings when outside of their household. The order became effective on Saturday, April 18th and can be enforced beginning Wednesday, April 22nd at 8:00 a.m.

Face coverings can be simple and homemade, made of cloth, fabric, or other soft or permeable material without holes, that covers the nose and mouth. The face covering must be worn in three main settings:

  • Essential Businesses, or other businesses and facilities engaged in Minimum Basic Operations, Essential Infrastructure or Essential Government Functions
  • When seeking health care (health care workers and facilities have a different set of requirements)
  • Public transportation or other types of shared transportation

Children aged 12 and younger are not required to wear a face covering, and any child two years old or younger should not wear a face covering. The order does not apply if a person is only with members of their own household.

A person engaged in walking, hiking, bicycling and running is not required to wear a face covering but that person must take steps to maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from others, and carry a face covering in case one is needed when encountering other people.

Click to read the County Health Officer’s Face Covering order. Click to read the County’s press release regarding the face covering order.

The CDC has information on how to wear and make a cloth face covering for yourself and your family.