Los Angeles businesses are working to re-open safely to the public.
This website from L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office provides information for companies and organizations during COVID-19.
Information on essential protective gear for Angelenos to address the COVID-19 crisis.
According to the Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 mainly spreads through respiratory droplets from infected individuals. By proactively wearing facial coverings we are protecting each other by ensuring that we limit the spread of respiratory droplets when we talk, sneeze, or cough. The City of Los Angeles requires that people wear facial coverings when they are out in the public. Facial coverings are also required when members of the public enter places of business, such as grocery stores.
Medical Grade Respirator Masks
Medical grade respirator masks are reserved for healthcare workers and first responders that are providing care and critical services in high-risk environments. These workers are in situations where they are in repeated contact with persons likely to be COVID-19 positive. Please, do not purchase N95 respiratory masks if you are not a healthcare provider or delivering essential services that warrant their use.
Face shields are worn in addition to facial coverings. Face shields protect the wearer from respiratory droplets from other people. There are instructions online on how to make face shields at home. Local manufacturers have also used 3D printing as well as injection molding to make these items. Face shields should be considered for positions such as wait staff and others who have contact with members of the public who are not using masks. USC has put together a list of resources for organizations interested in buying face shields locally. Please visit their website for more information.
Shop for face shields at shop.wetdesign.com.
Hand hygiene is critical to combat COVID-19. When you are not able to wash your hands with soap and water, the CDC recommends using hand sanitizer with greater than 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol. Please remember that hand sanitizer should be used in addition to frequent handwashing with soap and water.
The CDC does not recommend that the general public widely use gloves. The public should limit their use of gloves to cleaning and taking care of family members with COVID-19. Workplaces should consult LA County of Public Health’s protocols for individual industries for their direction as to when gloves should be used. Gloves are essential for workers engaged in clearing or disinfection as well as workers in food preparation and other lines of work where gloves were already needed in the normal course of business.
Using non-contact infrared thermometers can be a simple way to measure someone’s temperature quickly. These devices range in cost from $45 to more than $70. When using these devices it’s important to strictly follow the manufacturers’ instructions. These instructions typically include guidelines on using a draft-free space and placing the non-contact infrared thermometer in the room where it will be used 30-90 minutes before using it.
Fever Free is a digital tool to help companies conduct temperature checks and symptom screening before employees arrive to the workplace. Please check out their site for more info: https://weecare.co/