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County issues new order on face coverings and gatherings, those in violation could face fines

County health officials are ordering that no gatherings of any number of people take place outside of the family members living in the same home.

This is in response to the growing numbers of coronavirus cases in Riverside County.

The order coming late Saturday afternoon from Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser.

Dr. Kaiser has also ordered everyone to wear a face-covering when leaving home, including essential workers.

Some stores, such as Walmart, were seen turning away customers who were not wearing masks Sunday.

Face coverings can be bandanas, scarves, neck gaiters or other clothing that does not have visible holes.

Dr. Kaiser also said that county residents should not purchase N95 or surgical masks. These limited resources are needed for the Health Care community and First Responders.

The County is calling on the sheriff's department and local police departments to enforce the order. It states violation of the order is subject to "fine, imprisonment, or both." It states that those in violation could face penalties of $1000 per violation per day.

The full order can be found here.

The new order is in effect through April 30th, unless extended.

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