City of Fullerton logoOn Tuesday, April 21st the Fullerton City Council voted to enhance the County of Orange’s requirement for face coverings at certain essential businesses by including banking establishments and requiring patrons of those businesses to also wear face coverings. Per the County order, and now including the Fullerton addition, all employees of any grocery store, pharmacy/drug store, convenience store, gas station, restaurant, food preparation establishment, banking establishment, or retail store in Fullerton who may have contact with the public must wear a cloth face covering while at work. 

Under the local order authorized by the City Council on a 3-2 vote (Councilmembers Ahmad Zahra and Jesus Silva, and Mayor Pro Tem Jan Flory in support), customers of businesses are also required to wear face coverings to provide additional protection for workers and other visitors to businesses. The addition of banking establishments to certain essential businesses includes only those that do not have a physical barrier system (i.e., Plexiglas) between employees and customers. All residents of the City are strongly encouraged, but not required, to wear face coverings whenever leaving their homes and to continue to frequently wash their hands, practice social distancing, and stay at home if sick. 

The action by the City Council directed and authorized the City Manager to issue a proclamation under his authority as the Director of Disaster Services in order to further protect the health and safety of residents. In order to ensure that compliance with this face covering requirement is adhered to by as many employees and patrons as possible, and not desiring to overburden our law enforcement resources, provisions under Fullerton Municipal Code Chapter 1.08 Penalty Provisions (infractions), and Chapter 1.10 Administrative Citations, may be used after sufficient warnings to a person or business in violation of this order, in addition to Government Code section 8665 as provided for in the County regulation.