On April 23, the City of Cupertino issued an Order requiring individuals to wear a face covering when they need to leave their home to work or obtain essential goods and services. The Order goes into effect on Friday, April 24 at noon and currently has no end date.
Read the entire Order here.
Note: A face covering is not a substitute for guidance about social distancing and handwashing.
Learn more about face coverings and how to create your own here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Covering your face is about helping others. By covering your face when you go out for essential reasons, you’re not only complying with the Order, you are being a good neighbor and community member.
- While inside or waiting in line to enter an essential businesses, like a grocery store or pharmacy
- When seeking health care
- When waiting for or riding transit
- When entering facilities allowed to operate under the Stay-at-Home order, like government buildings
- When working off-site any time an employee, contractor, owner, or volunteer may come into contact with others
- At home.
- In your car alone or solely with members of your household.
- Exercising outdoors, like walking, hiking, bicycling, or running. However people are recommended to have a face covering with them and readily accessible when exercising, even if they’re not wearing it at that moment.
- Children 6 years old or younger. Children age 2 and under must not wear a face covering due to the risk of suffocation. Children age 3 to 6 are not required to wear a face covering, but if they do, they should be supervised by an adult. Supervision may look different based on the age and maturity of the child. For some children, having a discussion may be sufficient. For younger children, parents and caretakers should be present during use by the child. Parents and care givers should use their judgement.
- Anyone who has trouble breathing, is incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance.
- Anyone who has been advised by a medical professional not to wear a face covering.
- Any worker to the extent wearing a face covering creates a safety hazard at work under established health and safety guidelines.
- Generally, essential businesses must ensure that their employees and other staff wear a Face Covering in any area when working with the public or coworkers in areas where customers, coworkers, or the public may be present, even if there are no customers or members of the public present at the time. This is to avoid the spreading of respiratory droplets in areas where customers or the public may come at some point.
- Essential businesses must inform customers about the need to wear a face covering, including posting signs at the entrance to the store or facility. They also must take reasonable steps to keep people who are not wearing a face covering from entering their business; and they may refuse service to anyone (other than children under 12 and others who may specifically excepted under the order) not wearing a face covering.
- All workers and volunteers at essential businesses, operating public transportation, or operating other types of shared transportation must wear a face covering when at work in most settings. (However, they do not need to wear one in a private office when others are not around, for example.)
- Workers doing minimum basic operations, like security or payroll, essential infrastructure work, or government functions must wear a face covering when others are nearby or when they are in areas that the public regularly visits.
There are several options for face coverings, as long as they cover the nose and mouth. Face coverings can be made of a variety of cloth materials, such as bandanas, scarves, t-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels.
Face coverings should be washed frequently. Ideally, wash them after each use and have a dedicated laundry bag or bin. Always wash your hands, or use hand sanitizer, before and after touching your face or face coverings.
- Any mask that has a one-way valve designed to facilitate easier exhaling does not qualify as a face covering under this order and should not be used. These valves are typically a raised plastic disk about the size of a quarter on the front or side of the mask. Valves of that type allow moisture droplets out of the mask, putting others nearby at risk.
- A Halloween or plastic mask does not comply with the order.
- A ski mask with holes for the nose or mouth does not comply with the order.
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and California Department of Public Health now recommend that members of the public, when they need to interact with others outside the home and especially in settings where many people are present such as waiting in lines and shopping, should cover the mouth and nose to prevent inadvertently spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. One key transmission method for the COVID-19 virus is respiratory droplets that people expel when they breathe or sneeze. Wearing a face covering, when combined with physical distancing of at least 6 feet and frequent hand washing, may reduce the risk of transmitting coronavirus when in public.
No. All persons, including non-medical Essential Workers, are discouraged from using personal protective equipment (PPE), such as N-95 respirators or surgical masks, for non-medical reasons. Per CDC guidelines, surgical masks and N-95 masks are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders.
You must wear a face covering when you are riding on public transit, or in a taxi, ride share vehicle or private town car.
If you operate a taxi, ride share vehicle, or private town car, you must always wear a face covering regardless of whether someone else is in the vehicle to avoid breathing droplets that could contaminate areas where guests or customers will sit and touch.
Normally running a non-disposable face covering through the laundry will work. Follow any care instructions that came with the face covering. More information can be found online here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
One-way valves, which typically look like a raised plastic disk about the size of a quarter on the front or side of the mask, allow easy flow of your breath out of the mask when you exhale. This results in an easy route for airborne droplets to be exhaled, but the purpose of the face covering is to limit droplets that you expel. For that reason, masks with one-way valves are not allowed under the Order.
Generally you must ensure that your employees and other staff wear a face covering in any area when working with the public or in areas where coworkers, customers, or the public may be present, even if there are no coworkers, customers, or members of the public present at the time. This is in order to avoid the spreading of respiratory droplets in areas where customers or the public may be at some point. Employees also must wear masks if coworkers are nearby.
You are also required to post at sign at entrances notifying people that they are not permitted in without a face covering and that they may not be served if they are not wearing a face covering.
Generally, no, but sometimes you should if you cannot maintain six feet or more of distance between you and others on the sidewalk or the hiking area. When social distancing is not possible, you should put on your face covering.