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In the second instance of state officials blatantly overruling Orange County officials during the coronavirus pandemic, California public health experts announced yesterday that face masks will be mandatory throughout the state. The new guidance states that:

"Over the last four months, we have learned a lot about COVID-19 transmission… The use of face coverings by everyone can limit the release of infected droplets when talking, coughing, and/or sneezing, as well as reinforce physical distancing."

Last week, officials in OC declared that face masks were strongly recommended but not mandatory. At a rally to reinstate a mask mandate in the area, demonstrators were shouted down by anti-maskers.

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Keep reading for more on what’s happening in Southern California today, and stay safe out there.

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Coming Up Today, June 19

Two servers have been trying to bring the Mozza restaurant community together with an online comedy show since coronavirus broke out, reports Mike Roe. They did their last show on the night looting and a fire hit the restaurant.

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As the school year comes to an end, Marina Peña and Chava Sanchez have been hearing from high school students about how they've been adjusting to life during the pandemic.

Photographer Sam Comen examines how high school graduates are celebrating this milestone in the age of coronavirus and physical distancing in a multimedia photo essay.

LAist contributor Eric Craig writes about being taught early that as a Black man, he’d have to look, dress and speak better than anyone else to be taken seriously. But even so, it never seems to be enough.

Emily Guerin reports on a "COVID compliant business" program in San Bernardino County, which allows businesses to apply for funding to retrofit their stores to meet their industry's health and safety guidelines.

L.A. County released new guidelines for visitors to nursing homes, reports Jackie Fortiér, after months of no visits allowed.

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The Supreme Court announced Thursday that DACA can stay for now. Erick Galindo spent time with a food truck owner who is also a DACA recipient, and who was expecting the worst; the loss of his work permit, or possible deportation. What happens next?

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The Past 24 Hours In LA

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Support For Dreamers: The Supreme Court voted 5-4 to uphold DACA, keeping so-called DREAMers safe from deportation for now. Many SoCal students are feeling relief in the vote’s wake.

Celebrate The End Of Slavery: With protests still happening throughout Los Angeles, the slow but steady mainstreaming of the phrase "defund the police" and America's reckoning with its racist past, this Juneteenth has taken on special meaning. Here’s how people are celebrating.

L.A.’s Unhoused: More than 1,000 people without homes died in 2019 in Los Angeles County. The City and County of Los Angeles have agreed on a plan to shelter several thousand homeless people who live near freeways.

Policing The Police: L.A. Metro officials are rethinking the roles of armed law enforcement on the county transit system.

Coronavirus In CA: Gov. Newsom announced today that wearing masks in public would be required throughout the state.

Here Are Some Things To Do, L.A.: Peep the summer solstice at Stonehenge, head to the drive-in for socially distanced cinema, score Father's Day takeout deals and more in this week’s best online and IRL events. LA's drive-in movie theaters are roaring back to life thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. Guess what, there are professional mini-golfers, and a national TV show is trying to share the sport with the masses.

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DACA supporters drive around Macarthur Park honking and chanting during a rally celebrating the Supreme Court's decision to let the program continue for now.

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