California Governor Advises Restaurant Patrons to Wear Masks ‘in Between Bites’

While he’s not going as far as to shut down the state’s restaurants again, Governor Gavin Newsom has instructed California residents to follow a new safety protocol while dining out: wear a mask “in between bites.”

Newsom’s strange mandate, which he revealed on Twitter, reads, “Going out to eat with members of your household this weekend? Don’t forget to keep your mask on in between bites.” The tweet is accompanied by a series of photos that show a diner wearing a mask, taking a bite of food without a mask, and then putting the mask back on. Confusing matters, the post includes a contradictory message that tells residents to “minimize the number of times you take your mask off.”

California is currently home to more than 800,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, health officials say. Since the pandemic began, at least 16,000 of the state’s residents have died from the virus.

Twitter didn’t take it well..

Is it a good idea to eat at restaurants right now? Should the government disallow activities in which wearing a mask isn’t feasible?

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