FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — Fresno police officers and firefighters will start to wear protective face masks Friday during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Officials say they hope to eventually have all city employees wear face masks.
The city will provide surgical and cloth face masks to as many police officers and firefighters as possible and require them to be worn while on the job.
“The nature of their jobs limits their ability to practice social distancing and protect themselves properly, so requiring that they wear masks is a necessary measure to keep them healthy,” said Wilma Quan, City Manager.
The city said it had a limited supply of various kinds of protective masks and has many more on order.
More city employees will be required to wear masks while working as officials receive more masks, said Mark Standriff, city of Fresno spokesman. The decision on which employees will be required to wear masks will be based on how their job duties limit their ability to practice social distancing.
All city of Fresno employees may be required to wear masks while at work if the government acquires enough masks. Employees who have their own masks are encouraged to wear them to work.
Standriff said the city of Fresno is accepting homemade cloth masks from any resident with access to sewing equipment and is interested in making and donating them to keep city employees healthy.
Donations can be delivered to the security staff at the front door of Fresno City Hall at 2600 Fresno St. during normal business hours from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
For questions or more information on mask donations, the public can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the city’s non-emergency hotline at 311.
COVID-19 resource links:
- Fresno County
- Tulare County
- Madera County
- Mariposa County
- Merced County
- Kings County
- Kern County
- World Health Organization
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response