IRVINE, Calif. (April 6, 2020): Today, the Irvine Disaster Council discussed the critical need to implement stronger measures to protect employees and customers of retail businesses. As a result of this discussion, the Disaster Council directed that the City Attorney will prepare an executive order to be issued by the City Manager on Wednesday, in his capacity as Director of Emergency Services. This executive order will require all retail personnel in the City of Irvine to wear face coverings.
On March 24, the Irvine City Council passed a resolution strongly recommending that all retail sales businesses and service businesses provide protective supplies to their employees.
“This order is for the overall protection of our community. The health and well-being of our residents, families, and business employees must be our top priority,” stated Mayor Christina Shea. “Many of our essential business are unable to exercise physical distancing due to the nature of their work. By wearing face coverings, we are protecting each other from this horrible virus.”
This executive order applies to all essential retail sales businesses and service businesses including, but not limited to:
- Grocery stores
Cloth face coverings can include items such as bandanas, fabric masks, and neck gaiters. It is important to note face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing and hand washing. The use of cloth face coverings could reduce the transmission of COVID-19 by individuals who do not have symptoms and may reinforce social distancing.
The order will be issued and become effective immediately on Wednesday morning, April 8, 2020.
For more information about the use of face coverings or to find a provider, visit cityofirvine.org/covid19.
Watch Mayor Shea’s latest update to the community.
Since its incorporation in 1971, Irvine has become a nationally recognized city, with a population of 280,202 that spans 66 square miles and is recognized as one of America’s safest and most successful master-planned urban communities. Top-rated educational institutions, an enterprising business atmosphere, sound environmental stewardship, and respect for diversity all contribute to Irvine’s enviable quality of life. This family-friendly city features more than 16,000 acres of parks, sports fields and dedicated open space and is the home of the Orange County Great Park. For more information, please visit cityofirvine.org.