San Francisco began enforcing its new mandatory policy on the use of masks while in public spaces on Wednesday, in a bid to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Footage shows people walking around the city both with and without masks.
San Francisco resident Travis said he wasn’t against wearing a mask, but “there are not that many cases in San Francisco. If we were in New York City I would be wearing it for the last two weeks.”
“I think the face mask makes sense, there’s a lot of different opinions about it but it can’t hurt,” said resident Lee Cox after applauding San Francisco mayor London Breed for taking “early action to shut down and have us shelter in place.”
“We have to do what we can to lower the curve. And if it takes a few more months of acting strangely, acting atypically, that’s good, because these are atypical times,” said San Francisco resident Allen.
Masks are now compulsory in six Bay Area counties including Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Sonoma.
The extent of fines expected for those who defy the policy is as of yet unclear, with shops reportedly not allowing entrance to customers without a mask.
California has 33,261 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 1,268 related deaths as of Thursday morning, according to Johns Hopkins University.