CALIFORNIA — Gov. Gavin Newsom is urging Californians to put their masks back on "in between bites" while eating at restaurants. The Golden State governor wrote a tweet Saturday, asking diners to take a precautionary step that might actually contradict advice given by public health officials.
"Going out to eat with members of your household this weekend? Don't forget to keep your mask on in between bites," Newsom wrote.
The World Health Organization has warned people not to touch their masks or their face while away from home. The WHO also suggests that mask wearers should wash their hands before and after touching their masks.
Even more confusing is the accompanying graphic that urges diners to "minimize the number of times you take your mask off."
One user replied to Newsom, pointing out that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also instructed mask-wearers to avoid touching their face or mask while out and about.
The tweet received a landslide of criticism from Twitter users slamming the post.
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. #SlowtheSpread https://t.co/snYe5v55Rw pic.twitter.com/Y4fcDO5Zke
— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) October 3, 2020
The state reported 841,530 coronavirus cases Wednesday, and announced Tuesday that eight counties had shown significant improvement to move forward with reopening and expanding some businesses.