City Manager Kristine Ridge signed an executive order on Dec. 4, 2020, requiring the use of face coverings in public, as directed by the City Council in a unanimous vote on Dec. 1.
The order, made under the City Manager’s local emergency declaration authority during the COVID-19 pandemic, reflects the statewide mask order but also provides local penalties for failure to comply.
All people within the City limits of the City of Santa Ana are required to wear a face covering at all times in public or when outside of their home, except for certain exemptions. Violation of this order is a crime and may be pursued as an administrative citation, an infraction or a misdemeanor.
However, the City of Santa Ana recognizes that many residents and businesses have been financially impacted by the pandemic. We hope not to add to that burden by having to issue fines or other penalties for those who violate the mask order.
We encourage all residents and visitors in Santa Ana to voluntarily comply with the order to protect themselves and their community against the spread of COVID-19. Case numbers are rising fast and we ask everyone to do their part. We are all in this together.
Under the executive order, all people within the City limits of the City of Santa Ana are required to wear a cloth face covering at all times in public or when outside of their home unless one of the following exemptions applies:
Note: Persons exempted from wearing a face covering due to a medical condition who are employed in a job involving regular contact with others must wear a non-restrictive alternative, such as a face shield with a drape on the bottom edge, as long as their condition permits it.
Violation of this Order is a crime and may be pursued as an administrative citation, an infraction or a misdemeanor, in the City’s sole and absolute discretion pursuant to California Penal Code section 19, California Government Code section 8665, and Santa Ana Municipal Code sections 1-8 and 2-648.