Irvine Disaster Council Releases Executive Order on Face Masks for Retail Workers Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

The Irvine Disaster Council on April 6 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 prepare an executive order to be issued by the City Manager on April 8, in his capacity as Director of Emergency Services. This executive order requires 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 businesses including, but not limited to:

  • Grocery stores
  • Pharmacies
  • Restaurants 
  • Retail 

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 issued and is effective as of Wednesday morning, April 8, 2020.

For more information about the use of face coverings or to find a provider, visit

Watch Mayor Shea’s latest update to the community.

Category: COVID-19