California asks diners to wear a mask ‘in between bites’

The Governor of California has asked diners in the Golden State that if they go out to eat, they should be wearing a mask “in between bites” to protect themselves from COVID-19.

“Going out to eat with members of your household this weekend?” an Oct. 3 tweet from the governor’s office says. “Don’t forget to keep your mask on in between bites.”

The advisory asks people to “minimize the number of times you take your mask off.”

The digital image included in the post shows someone at a dining seat wearing a mask, then not wearing a mask while taking a bite, and then putting the mask on again. However, the image also says to “minimize the number of times you take your mask off.”

Coronavirus spreads when an infected person speaks, sneezes, or coughs within six feet of others, according to the California Department of Public Health. You may have the virus and spread it even if you feel well, officials said on the state’s COVID-19 website.

“To prevent infection, you must cover your nose and mouth when outside your home. So wearing a mask is now required statewide,” the state office advises online. “Wearing a mask or cloth face covering can slow the spread of COVID-19 by limiting the release of virus into the air. It also reinforces physical distancing, and shows you care about the health of others.”

California has allowed limited indoor dining to resume in a number of counties.