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.”
Going out to eat with members of your household this weekend? Don't forget to keep your mask on in between bites.
Do your part to keep those around you healthy. #SlowtheSpreadhttps://t.co/snYe5v55Rw pic.twitter.com/Y4fcDO5Zke
— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) October 3, 2020
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..
I picked up takeout pizza tonight w/a dozen tables of diners sitting outside and more inside. Exactly ZERO of these people masked up between bites — BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT MORONS. Husband and I indulged in mask-free decadence at home, living dangerously. https://t.co/l3CdYo6iTz
— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) October 7, 2020
I swear this is real: CA gov. says to wear a mask IN BETWEEN BITES OF FOOD when you're out to eat WITH YOUR FAMILY https://t.co/JgpaIWQalq
— Not the Bee (@Not_the_Bee) October 6, 2020
If you think your state is led by incompetent politicians, just be grateful that your Governor’s Twitter account isn’t dumb enough to tweet out that you should wear a mask in between bites while eating.
That’s right. Mask on in between bites. I just…what is happening https://t.co/XZgL0W2gP5
— Ian Miller (@ianmSC) October 6, 2020
Governor Newsom would like us to wear masks in between bites in restaurants in California.
Maybe I can have custom made a mask with a flap for food insertion… I’m sure the CDC would approve of that…
— Rupali Chadha, M.D. (@RupaliChadhaMD) October 6, 2020
This guy is off his rocker 😂😂😂 wear a mask between bites while you're out with your family 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 https://t.co/KAPHrT8N6I
— MidNiteOnMars 🇺🇲❤️ (@SelfieShanNow) October 7, 2020
Is it a good idea to eat at restaurants right now? Should the government disallow activities in which wearing a mask isn’t feasible?