California Says You Need to Put Your Mask Back on ‘Between Bites’ of Food


The office of California Gov. Gavin Newsom is directing residents of the Golden State to keep their face masks on “between bites” of food while dining in public.

The message: In a tweet on Saturday, the Democratic governor’s office said: “Going out to eat with members of your household this weekend? Don’t forget to keep your mask on in between bites.”

  • A colorful graphic featured in the post further advised: “COVID-19 DINER TIP 1: Minimize the number of times you take your mask off.”

The state’s COVID-19 guidance requires Californians to wear masks anytime they venture outside the home.

  • For obvious reason, one exception to the blanket mandate is when people are eating and drinking.

Anthony Fauci — the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force — recently gave similar advice to “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah.

  • Restaurant diners, Fauci said, should “eat drink and then put [the mask] back up when you’re waiting for the waiter or something …”

The reaction: The Twitter directive from Newsom’s office was quickly “ratioed” — with many users deriding it as coronavirus paternalism ad absurdum.

Mediaite columnist John Ziegler offered a particularly blunt assessment of the California executive.

Kyle Mann, the editor-in-chief of the Babylon Bee, a satirical conservative news site, was among those who noted the tweet seemed self-contradictory.

“This is the clowniest mask ‘order’ of them all,” declared political comedian Tim Young.

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