Q&A: Are Face Mask Requirements Legal?

(By LuLu Garcia-Navarro for NPR)

As the number of new coronavirus cases spikes in several states across the U.S., governors, county officials and business owners have been crafting laws and guidelines that mandate the use of face masks to help prevent the spread of the virus.

But even a simple cloth face covering has become political.

This month, for example, California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued guidance that requires most Californians to wear masks in most public settings. Public health officials say masks can prevent wearers, whether or not they’re expressing symptoms of COVID-19, from spreading the virus to others. Newsom’s mandate drew pushback from both residents and local officials, who argued that the governor doesn’t have the legal authority to make masks a requirement.  Continue reading article here…

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