Pasadena to require face coverings at essential businesses

A woman wearing a facemask looks out of the window of a poice vehicle in Pasadena where the city's police and fire department personnel flashed emergency lights and blasted their sirens in a show of appreciation for healthcare workers in the emergenc

Pasadena will join the ranks of cities and counties requiring workers and customers at essential businesses to wear protective facial coverings, authorities said on Saturday.  

"All workers who work at businesses or perform essential services, as defined in the order, must wear face coverings over their noses and mouths while performing their work," Pasadena spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said."These face coverings must be provided by the employer at the employer's expense."  

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The order must be implemented by 11:59 p.m. April 15, the order said.  

"This order by no means replaces the need for physical distancing and everyday hygiene precautions, such as frequent hand washing," said Dr.Ying-Ying Goh, Pasadena's Public Health Officer. "When you do need to venture out for groceries or other essentials, wearing a face-covering can help reduce community spread of COVID-19, especially by those who are asymptomatic and don't even know they have the virus."  

The face masks should not be a medical-grade or N95 respirators reserved for healthcare professionals, Goh said., FOX launches national hub for COVID-19 news and updates.

Reusable coverings should be washed daily and single-use coverings must be disposed of in trash cans.  

All customers and visitors of essential visitors must also wear face coverings, such as scarves, bandanas or other fabric masks, she said. Essential business owners may deny service to customers who aren't wearing masks.  

"All employers must continue to implement social distancing measuresfor employees, customers and visitors that provide a six-foot buffer, to theextent possible, between individuals.  Violation or failure to comply with thisorder is a crime punishable by fine, imprisonment or both," Derderian said.