Santa Monica Strengthens Face Covering Requirement and Allows for Citations and Refusal of Service

July 2, 2020 9:25 AM

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Interim City Manager and Director of Emergency Services Lane Dilg has issued a Twentieth Supplement to Santa Monica’s local emergency declaration strengthening and clarifying requirements for wearing face coverings and setting penalties for those who do not wear them when required. Face coverings are critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.  

“As public health experts have shared widely this week, we are in a dangerous period with dramatic increases in cases and hospitalizations,” said Interim City Manager Lane Dilg. “Face coverings are essential.  I encourage everyone to try different styles to find what works for you.  But it is a critical time to save lives by wearing face coverings whenever we are outside of our homes and not gathering with people outside of our households.” 

Under the Twentieth Supplement, businesses can refuse service to any person who does not wear a face covering or fails to comply with social distancing.  Businesses must also take all reasonable steps to ensure those in line or entering their business wear face coverings and comply with physical distancing requirements.  The supplement authorizes administrative citations for failing to wear face coverings, for individuals, as $100 for a first violation, $250 for a second violation, and $500 for a third violation.  For businesses, the administrative citations are $500 for a first violation, $750 for a second violation, and $1,000 for a third violation.   

The supplement clarifies that the face covering requirement applies: 

Exemptions from the face covering requirement apply to the following: 

To keep the community informed of the importance of face coverings, residents and businesses can pick up free lawn signs and retail signage to help inform friends, neighbors and customers.  Free signs are available for pick up at the Downtown Santa Monica Farmer’s Market Info Booth (Saturdays and Wednesdays, 8 a.m.-1p.m.) or the Main Street Visitor Information Center located at 2427 Main Street (Wednesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.). 

Governor Gavin Newsom yesterday announced the closure of indoor dining and indoor entertainment, including museums, aquariums, wine tasting rooms, and more across Los Angeles County and other counties highly impacted by COVID-19. For the latest information on this, visit covid19.ca.gov 

For the latest information, please visit santamonica.gov/coronavirus, or call the City’s Coronavirus Hotline at (310) 458-8400.   

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