All employees and customers of essential businesses that remain open in Los Angeles during the city’s stay-home order must wear face coverings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Tuesday evening.
Under a “Worker Protection Order” announced at a news conference Tuesday evening, Garcetti said businesses can refuse service to customers who do not wear a face covering starting Friday morning.
Essential businesses that remain open during this time, which include grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, hotels, taxis, ride-share companies, and construction firms, were ordered to provide face coverings for their workers.
Businesses are also required to provide employees access to a clean restroom with soap and sanitizer, and to allow them to wash their hands every 30 minutes.
Garcetti said the order was enacted “to take care of those who are taking care of us.”
The state of California has 17,351 confirmed infections, including 432 deaths.
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