The Office of the Governor of California has released new guidelines on mask-wearing, requesting that diners at restaurants keep their mask on in between bites.
“Going out with members of your household this weekend? Don’t forget to keep your mask on in between bites,” the announcement posted to Twitter read.
The graphic shows a cartoon woman surveying a menu with her mask on, taking a bite with the mask off, and then placing the mask back on.
Curiously, the graphic also reads, “Minimize the number of times you take your mask off.”
Masks have become a focus of contention in recent months as health experts try to guide the public on the best way to stay healthy in the midst of COVID-19.
California’s new guidelines seem to contradict the recommendations of health experts. The CDC recommends that people wash their hands before putting on their mask and that they “be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing and wash your hands immediately after removing.”
The public has been quick to point to these contradictions between California recommendations and the CDC:
The new guidelines also contradict the World Health Organization’s recommendations to wash hands before touching your mask, before removing your mask, and to avoid touching the mask while wearing it.
One response on Twitter even came from someone who voted for Governor Newsom and supports Joe Biden:
Other responses have been far more strongly worded:
Caitlin Bassett graduated from Liberty University in 2017 with her Bachelor’s in Politics and Policy. She grew up in the great Pacific Northwest, but now calls Northern California home as she pursues ministry school.