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New city order in Los Angeles requires shoppers and workers to wear face masks starting Friday

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A new city order in Los Angeles requires all shoppers and workers to wear face masks starting on Friday, according to the Los Angeles Times. The state of California has already been in quarantine for the past couple of weeks, with citizens only allowed to leave their homes for essential trips, such as food shopping, pharmacy trips, and doctor’s appointments. There were concerns about potential exposure to the coronavirus at supermarkets, even though social distancing measures were being taken. Under the new order, workers at most essential businesses must wear face coverings, which business owners must either provide or reimburse workers for buying. Business’ could be fined for not complying. Mayor Eric Garcetti said earlier this week he hopes people will voluntarily follow the order. “Our idea is not to be arresting and fining people for the face coverings,” Garcetti said. “This is about self-enforcement mostly.” ~

Not just supermarkets and drug stores will be affected. “Organizations and businesses that provide food, social services and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals” are under the face-covering order. Social workers, including areas as domestic counseling, gang intervention, and homeless services are covered in the order. People working in ride sharing and food/grocery delivery are covered as well. Other professions also must comply: hotel and laundry workers, plumbers, electricians, exterminators, custodial/janitorial workers, handyman services, funeral home workers, moving services, HVAC installers, carpenters, day laborers, landscapers and gardeners, and property managers. ~

Local and state leaders are discouraging the public from buying medical grade or N95 masks to ensure medical and emergency workers have enough gear to safely perform their jobs. “All essential, non-medical workers required to wear these face coverings must frequently (at least once a day) wash any reusable face coverings, for the health and safety of themselves and others,” the L.A. order reads. “Single-use face coverings must be properly discarded into trash receptacles.” ~

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