When and why do I need to wear a face covering?

Is a face cover required?

Per the LA County Health Officer, essential businesses are required to provide all of their employees whose duties require contact with other employees and/or the public with a cloth face covering to wear. Everyone is asked to wear a face covering when they are interacting with others who are not members of their household in public and private spaces. Face coverings are an additional tool that individuals should use to help slow the spread of COVID-19 but does not replace other physical distancing requirements.

When should I wear a cloth face covering? 

You are asked to wear a cloth face covering over your nose and mouth when you must be in public for essential activities, such as shopping at the grocery store. Wearing a cloth face covering does not eliminate the need to physically distance yourself from others and to wash your hands frequently. 

Why wear a face cover?

Recent information has indicated that covering your nose and mouth can slow the spread of COVID-19
because:

  • Individuals can be contagious before the onset of symptoms. You may be contagious and do not know it. If you have covered your nose and mouth, it can limit the spread of COVID-19.
  • We touch our face less when our face is covered. Touching your face after touching something contaminated with COVID-19 increases your chances of getting sick with COVID-19.

Source: LA County, "COVID-19: What you need to know about cloth face coverings."

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1. What is Project Roomkey to house NON COVID positive/NON symptomatic clients?
2. What is status of parks, playgrounds, basketball and tennis courts?
3. When will street sweeping parking enforcement resume?
4. When and why do I need to wear a face covering?
5. Who can I contact at Monterey Park City Hall?
6. Where can I get info about LA County's drive-up mobile testing sites?
7. How can I get more information about avoiding eviction?
8. How do I get my "stimulus" payment and avoid being scammed?
9. Are there in-home Covid-19 test kits?
10. Are there cures and vaccines for Coronavirus/COVID-19 yet?
11. Is the tap water safe to drink?
12. Can wipes be flushed?
13. How can I pay my water bill when city hall is closed?
14. Will the library suspend overdue book fines? How are they operating?
15. How do I comply with the "Safer at Home" order issued by the county and state?
16. What city facilities have been closed?
17. Why has the Spirit Bus service been suspended?
18. What city events have been canceled?
19. Where can I get information about the current number and locations of COVID-19 cases?
20. What steps should I take to prevent the spread of the coronavirus?
21. Can pets get COVID-19?