Coachella and Cathedral City vote to mandate face coverings

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Protesters enter the County Administrative Center for a Riverside County Board of Supervisors meeting in May 2020. (Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times)

Protesters enter the County Administrative Center for a Riverside County Board of Supervisors meeting in May 2020. (Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times)

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Coachella and Cathedral City officials voted Wednesday to require residents to wear face coverings in certain public settings, joining such other Riverside County cities as Desert Hot Springs, Palm Springs and La Quinta.

The regulation comes less than a week after the Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted to rescind several public health orders implemented by the county’s public health director Cameron Kaiser. Following the vote, face coverings were no longer a requirement but were “strongly recommended whenever practical and within reason.”

Though the county rescinded this order, individual cities can impose stricter regulations, just not more relaxed ones, according to Coachella spokesperson Chris Parman.

“Unfortunately, Coachella and the rest of the eastern valley remains a hot spot for coronavirus cases,” Mayor Steven Hernandez said. “Until we can get this virus under control, our city will continue to require these reasonable measures to protect the health and safety of people living and working in Coachella.”

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