SAN MATEO, Calif. (KRON) – San Mateo County is now considering fining people who don’t wear a mask in public, and the county sheriff says he will enforce it.
San Mateo County Supervisor David J. Canepa said in a statement he will introduce on Tuesday an emergency ordinance that will impose fines for both individuals and businesses who violate the state’s public health orders.
That includes wearing face masks in high-risk settings, such as grocery stores and.
At this time, violations are punishable as a misdemeanor, with fines up to $1,000 and a possible jail sentence of up to 90 days.
The new county ordinance treats violations as “a simple administrative infraction rather than a criminal citation and will apply countywide.”
In support of the ordinance is Sheriff Carlos Bolanos, who said, “In my role to ensure public safety, I fully support Supervisor Canepa’s efforts to save lives during this pandemic and stop the spread of COVID-19.”
Here’s a breakdown of how the fines would work:
|Applies to:||Individuals and non-commercial entities||Commercial entities|
|Enforcement:||Officer must observe violation||Officer can observe violation or receive credible report|
|Fines:||· $100 for 1st violation|
· $200 for 2nd violation
· $500 for additional violations within a year of the first violation
|Min. $250 and max. $3,000 per violation, depending on:|
· Gravity of health risk
· Prior warnings
· Intent to profit from violation
· If there were good faith efforts to comply
|Appeal process:||Written dispute decided by neutral dispute officer; no right to appeal further||Written or oral hearing before neutral dispute officer, subsequent right to appeal to superior court|
San Mateo County was the last in the Bay Area to be added to the state’s COVID-19 watch list.
At last check, there were 5,544 confirmed coronavirus cases and 119 deaths in San Mateo County.
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