Angelenos, with the exception of small children and some people with disabilities, must now wear face masks when they leave the house, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday, May 13.

“And as long as you’re not doing a solitary activity or with your own household, put that mask on,” he said. “Always now.”

Instituting this requirement “will help us get more freedoms, open up more parts of our city,” he said.

Garcetti previously had only required people to wear masks when at grocery stores, sitting in taxis and rideshare vehicles, on buses and at the airport.

The expansion of the face mask requirement comes as stay-at-home orders are gradually being relaxed. All retail shops can now reopen, and many public recreational places are being opened, including trails, tennis courts, equestrian facilities, model airplane fields and golf courses.

Where must you wear a face covering?

If you visit any retail business (except those in indoor malls, which are still closed), including those that are open only for curbside or doorside pickup

If you exercise in your neighborhood or are on a trail, golf course or beach (where you must wear a face covering if you are out of the water and people are nearby)

If you ride on L.A. Department of Transportation transit buses, Metro buses or trains, or travel through Los Angeles International Airport

The new guidelines on face coverings exempt children under 2 and people with certain disabilities.

Garcetti also announced that a “slow streets” initiative, which involves closing roads to cars in some neighborhoods, will begin this weekend.

The program is aimed at creating more outdoor space for pedestrians to use, allowing for people to better keep their distance from each other. He did not specify yet which streets will included, but said there will be an application process to propose streets that will be up and running this week.


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