UPDATE Friday April 10th: Mayor Robert Garcia posted this picture:
And Stated Today:
“Starting this weekend Long Beach will begin enforcing face coverings for essential workers in our grocery stores, restaurants, and other essential businesses to keep them and the public safe. We are also asking the public to wear face coverings when you leave your house – and businesses can refuse to serve you if you don’t have a face covering. I know this is tough, but we need to continue to make progress. “
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“No masks, no entry,” is the sign citizens saw hanging on the windows in businesses across Hong Kong.
The response to Covid-19 by the government of Hong Kong, a heavily populated region, has become a benchmark in finding out what to do right during a worldwide pandemic.
With a population of over 7 million people crowded within 275 sq km of land, the area which is in very close proximity to mainland China could have seen a huge increase in Covid-19 cases. However, that didn’t happen. Hong Kong was able to stave off a catasrophe showing a much lower Covid-19 infection rate than in the United States, Spain, and Italy.
According to the Wall Street Journal, “Social pressure to mask up is strong” in Hong Kong, “walking around maskless can invite odd looks and rebukes.”
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti yesterday announced a worker protection order stating that all employees working in essential businesses and customers who are visiting these businesses are now required to wear face masks covering both their nose and mouth. This is an effort to continue to help slow the spread of the virus.
Garcetti said, “Every Angeleno will share this responsibility with employers. To keep workers and everybody else safe, which is why we are requiring customers to wear face coverings to enter those businesses” … “If you’re shopping for groceries, picking up a prescription, or visiting any other essential business, and if you’re not covering your face, by Friday morning, an essential business can refuse you service.”
It was reported that Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia was also looking at implementing something similar in Long Beach.