Please help make face masks mandatory in Orange County, CA

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In this petition, we are requesting to make cloth face masks temporarily mandatory in public places in Orange County, including restaurants, shops, supermarkets, gyms, hair and nail salons, government offices, parks, recreation facilities, or any places where people gather in large numbers.

This is a temporary action that can help keep us healthy and save lives. It should remain in effect at least until there is either a vaccine or very few incidents of COVID-19 in Orange County (California). This petition is directed at OC Health Care Agency, Dr. Clayton Chau, and the Orange County Board of Supervisors. 

Why did we start this petition? Because, as of June 11, 2020, Orange County (California) residents are no longer "required" (but only "recommended") to wear cloth masks in public during the coronavirus pandemic. The OC Board of Supervisors' decision was made after a group of approximately 100 Orange County residents met with the board and claimed that making masks mandatory took away their rights; others claimed wearing cloth masks were bad for their health. (Keep in mind, if cloth masks were "bad for our health," then why are doctors, nurses, surgeons, and dentists able to wear masks all day without any ill effects? Medical professionals wear them because masks keep people safe!)

Please don't let the anti-maskers make a decision for all of us. Those of us who believe in wearing masks should speak out! We have a right to be heard by the OC Health Care Agency and the OC Board of Supervisors, too! Remember, a second wave of COVID-19 is imminent.

This petition is for those of us who are truly concerned about our health and the health of our loved ones, and we believe it is our right as good citizens to protect each other by wearing a cloth mask, because MASKS CAN SAVE LIVES

We can all do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 by requiring masks in Orange County, California.

Please help us by signing our petition! Thank you for listening and signing! Stay healthy and safe!

[ADDITIONAL INFO:]

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommends face coverings for “people older than 2 years of age in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.” The exemption includes people younger than 2 years old and “anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.”

A systematic review of randomized controlled clinical trials on use of respiratory protection by healthcare workers, sick patients, and community members was conducted: "The study suggests that community mask use by well people could be beneficial, particularly for COVID-19, where transmission may be pre-symptomatic. The studies of masks as source control also suggest a benefit, and may be important during the COVID-19 pandemic in universal community face mask use as well as in health care settings." *

*Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7191274/