City to Distribute Free Face Shields to Long Beach Bars, Restaurants and Personal Care Establishments

Today and this weekend, the City of Long Beach will distribute free face shields to Long Beach-based bars, restaurants and personal care businesses in an effort to provide required safety equipment to businesses that may not have immediate access to safely reopen this weekend or next weekend. 

“As we slowly begin to reopen our economy, we have to be extremely mindful of keeping each other safe and healthy,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Providing face shields to our small businesses and their employees is one small way we can help our local businesses reopen safely.”

The amended Health Order, which takes effect today, June 19, requires bar and winery patrons to wear a face covering when entering a facility or moving throughout a facility, and requires bartenders and/or servers to wear a face covering and a face shield for protection when serving customers who are not wearing face coverings. Servers in dine-in restaurants are required to wear both a cloth face covering and a face shield, in order to maximize protection for both employees and patrons. Additionally, on June 26, several personal care establishments will be allowed to reopen. Per an upcoming Health Order, face shields must also be worn by workers when providing a personal care service to customers that requires the removal of the client’s face covering to complete the service. 

Bar, restaurant and personal care establishment representatives can pick up face shields in the parking lot of Long Beach Fire Department Headquarters located at 3205 Lakewood Blvd. Shields are limited to 20 per establishment, and will be offered on a first come, first served basis until supplies are no longer available. Representatives will need to provide their name and the business name. 

Shields will be available for pickup through the weekend on the following days and times:

  • Friday, June 19, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. 
  • Saturday, June 20, from 9 a.m. – noon
  • Sunday, June 21, from 9 a.m. – noon 

The City previously distributed free face shields to Long Beach-based restaurant businesses in May.

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