L.A. Mayor executes order to employees, customers at non-medical essential businesses to wear face mask, starting April 10

Aries

Administrator
I’m executing a Worker Protection Order: starting Friday, April 10th, employees & customers at many non-medical essential businesses such as grocery stores will be required to wear face coverings to take care of those who are taking care of us. More info: http://LAMayor.org/COVID19Orders

Employers are required to provide face coverings or reimburse employees for their cost, provide access to clean & sanitary restrooms on site, allow their employees to wash their hands every 30 minutes, & implement physical distancing measures for customers, visitors, and workers.


1. All workers who work at businesses or perform services that are exempt under Paragraph 5(vii) of the City of Los Angeles Safer At Home Emergency Order, in the following subsections:

b. Grocery stores, water retailers, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, convenience stores, warehouse stores, food banks, certified farmers markets and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet food and medication supply (but not grooming or training), fresh or frozen meats, fish, and poultry, any other household consumer products (such as construction supplies, cleaning and personal care products);
d. Organizations and businesses that provide food, social services and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals (including gang prevention and intervention, domestic violence, and homeless services agencies);
h. Hardware and building supply stores, day labor centers, and nurseries. i. Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, custodial/janitorial workers, handyman services, funeral home workers and morticians, moving services, HVAC installers, carpenters, day laborers, landscapers, gardeners, property managers and leasing agents, private security personnel;
l. Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers;
m. Restaurants and retail food facilities that prepare and offer food to customers, but only via delivery service, to be picked up, or drive-thru;
p. Individuals and businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, beverages or goods directly to residences or businesses;
q. Taxis, ride sharing services, car rental companies, and other private transportation services;
v. Hotels, motels and shared rental units

must wear face coverings over their noses and mouths while performing their work. At this time, the face coverings are not medical-grade masks or N95 respirators, but rather, fabric coverings, such as scarves and bandanas. 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. Single-use face coverings must be properly discarded into trash receptacles.

2. Employers of all workers who work at businesses or perform services described in Paragraph 1 of this Order must permit their employees to wash their hands at least every 30 minutes. All such employers must provide, at their expense, non-medical grade face coverings for their employees. All such employers must ensure that their employees have access to clean, sanitary restrooms, stocked with all necessary cleansing products; or sanitizing agents required to observe hand sanitation protocols recommended by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, provided at the employer’s expense. All such employers must implement social distancing measures for customers, visitors, and employees that provides a six-foot buffer, to the extent possible, between individuals.

3. All customers and visitors of businesses and organizations described in Paragraph 1 of this Order must wear face coverings over their noses and mouths to provide additional protection for employees and customers. At this time, the face coverings need not be medical-grade masks or N95 respirators, but can be fabric coverings, such as scarves and bandana coverings.

4. A business owner or operator described in Paragraph 1 of this Order may refuse admission or service to any individual who fails to wear face coverings as required by this Order.

Additionally, I encourage all retail businesses in Paragraph 1 to install plexiglass to separate cashiers and customers at all points of sale. And I encourage all people to wear face coverings over their noses and mouths when they are outside their homes to obtain essential services and goods. These are recommendations and not requirements.

Any business owner or operator described in Paragraph 1 of this Order may sell face coverings and emergency supplies. All sellers of emergency supplies referenced in this Order shall abide by all price gouging laws. Violations of such laws can be reported here: COVID 19 | LA City Attorney's Office.

Failure to comply with this Order shall constitute a misdemeanor subject to fines and imprisonment. I hereby urge the Los Angeles Police Department and the City Attorney to enforce this Order via Sections 8.77 and 8.78 of the Los Angeles Administrative Code.

 
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