California Governor Faces Backlash After Urging People to Wear Face Mask Between Bites

California Governor Gavin Newsom wants his constituents to take extreme measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 when dining out.

The governor’s office tweeted on Saturday that diners should wear their masks in between taking bites of while at a restaurant.

“Going out to eat with members of your household this weekend?” the tweet asks. “Don’t forget to keep your mask on in between bites. Do your part to keep those around you healthy.”

Calling it “COVID-19 Dinner Tip 1,” the instruction says to minimize the number of time you take your mask off. Three illustrations are then given showing a person with a mask on. The person removes her mask to take a bite of food and then immediately puts it back on, covering up her mouth and nose. The tweet concludes with a link to California government’s COVID-19 web page.

Predictably, Newsom has come under fire for the tweet, with many calling it “absurd” and “ridiculous.” Others have poked fun of the governor’s tweet, calling it a “bad joke.”

“Put mask back on between bites? Is that a typo?” one Twitter user asks.

Another Tweeter asks if constantly removing and replacing a safety mask would cause more harm than good, citing Center for Disease Control guidelines.

“CDC guidance…touch the mask a little as possible and wash hands as soon as you remove it,” the Tweeter writes. “So each bite of food, you have to get up and wash hands, but that means putting the mask back on to go wash hands. “let’s stick with touching our masks while food is at the table!”

The tweet is followed by CDC guidelines on proper mask removal.

California Hit Hard by Virus

California has been one of the hardest hit states by the pandemic, according to Daily Mail. The state seen more than 800,000 positive cases of COVID-19 and the death toll has climbed over 16,000.

H/T: Daily Mail