Palm Springs orders essential business employees & customers to wear masks

The City of Palm Springs on Monday ordered businesses that are still open during the coronavirus pandemic to require workers and customers to wear face coverings.

The move follows a similar order last week from Riverside County health officials and is intended to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The city is requiring businesses to post signs about the requirement and those who don’t are subject to a fine, with a fine amount up to individual officers, who are asked to use discretion “having taken into consideration the severity of the violation,” according to the order. “In addition, continued violations of this order may result in the closure of any business.”

“We are taking this seriously,” police Chief Bryan Reyes said in a press release. ” Palm Springs worked hard early on to get ahead of the virus and flatten the curve, but if residents and businesses become complacent, we will find ourselves in a terrible situation that did not need to happen and lives may be lost. Everyone must wear a face covering β€” and violators may be fined.”