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Newsom issues statewide face mask order to combat coronavirus relapse

California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an order on Thursday that all Californians wear face coverings in public settings.

The order comes shortly after one major California county – Orange County – rolled back its face mask requirement.

The order has no details as to enforcement of the mask mandate and is mum on potential penalties for violators.

In a statement, Newsom said that the growing disregard for mask-wearing as California rapidly reopens is threatening to reverse the state’s gains.

“Simply put, we are seeing too many people with faces uncovered — putting at risk the real progress we have made in fighting the disease,” Newsom said in a statement. “California’s strategy to restart the economy and get people back to work will only be successful if people act safely and follow health recommendations. That means wearing a face covering, washing your hands and practicing physical distancing.”

This story will be updated.

Staff reports from The San Joaquin Valley Sun staff.