In Palm Springs, which has a face-covering mandate to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, additional signage has been posted citywide to alert residents and visitors of the requirement.
The city teamed with local business leaders to roll out a “PS Keeping You Safe” public education campaign, which includes new billboards and posters in both Spanish and English.
“Ensuring residents and visitors are educated about the need to wear face coverings when in public is one of the City Council’s top priorities as we work to stop the spread of COVID-19,” Mayor Pro Tem Christy Holstege said.
Twenty-five large posters have been placed throughout the highly trafficked downtown corridor, along with four billboards at key entry points to the city, adding to signs that were previously tied around poles in downtown and two large banners that hang overhead along Palm Canyon Drive.
The Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism, the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce, Destination Palm Springs and P.S. Resorts were among the local organizations that assisted the city in the effort.
People must wear face coverings “at all open businesses and in all other public settings when 6 feet distancing is not possible” while in Palm Springs, according to city officials.
Local business owners are required to post signage alerting patrons to wear masks and maintain social distancing to stay in compliance with the requirements, which have been in place for several months.
Businesses and nonprofit organizations that do not post signs at their entrances, exits and inside every room at lodging facilities could face fines or other penalties.
Gov. Gavin Newsom previously ordered all California residents to wear face coverings to help slow the spread of the virus. The statewide mandate requires residents to wear masks in “high-risk situations,” which cover virtually all scenarios outside the home.
Riverside County health officials have urged residents to abide by the mandate, despite rescinding a similar countywide order in May.
When in Palm Springs, non-family members must stay six feet apart and cover their faces when near others in public, whether they are shopping or using other professional services. Business owners must ensure workers, contractors, owners and volunteers cover their faces, and must bar people from entering their businesses if they fail to comply.
Coverings are not required to be worn by those in the midst of outdoor activities such as walking, playing golf or tennis, although social distancing remains required for those activities within city limits.