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Angelenos must wear face coverings when outside of home


Mayor Eric Garcetti has issued an order requiring Angelenos to wear face coverings outside their homes. This order is designed to aid the fight against COVID-19 as restrictions are gradually eased to allow more people to return to work and outdoor recreation.

“We all have to recognize that we’re not moving beyond COVID-19 – we’re learning to live with it. That means taking every reasonable precaution, so we can continue taking careful steps forward to safely begin reopening the economy and getting some of our lives back,” said Garcetti. “Face coverings help stop the spread of the virus. Wearing them whenever we’re away from home will create a meaningful layer of protection for people we might come into contact with, and that makes sense at this stage of our response to the crisis. It’s simple: wear one whenever you go out.”

The mayor has also modified the City of L.A.’s “Safer at Home” emergency order to allow all retail businesses except those in indoor malls to resume limited operations with delivery and curbside or doorside service, and to open beaches and more public recreational space for outdoor exercise. New guidelines on face coverings exempt children under 2 and people with certain disabilities, and build on previous action by Garcetti requiring non-medical essential business workers and customers to wear face coverings.

“We will continue to adjust the order gradually – to safely allow more activities, more businesses to operate, and more Angelenos to get back to work,” said Garcetti. “This is a process. We are constantly assessing how to take steps forward whenever we can or backward whenever we have to. No matter what, we’re guided by science and committed to transparency – and I’ll keep doing whatever is necessary to keep people safe, healthy, and informed every step of the way.”

All Angelenos, except for young children and people with certain disabilities, should make or purchase cloth face coverings to wear over their mouths and noses. Face coverings should be cleaned after each use. Medical grade and N95 masks are reserved for those who need them most and have the highest risk of infection, including medical professionals and healthcare workers.

Make your own cloth face covering with a bandana, scarf, or piece of cloth. Residents are advised to follow instructions available online from trusted sources, like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Find links to local manufacturers selling face coverings at the L.A. Protects website.

More details and answers to frequently asked questions about the City’s response to COVID-19