“Mask Up this Holiday Season,” UFCW 770 Urges LA County Essential Frontline Workers 

LOS ANGELES— As we arrive at the holiday season experiencing a resurgence of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Los Angeles County and following the LA County Department of Public Health recommendation, UFCW 770 urges its members working on the frontlines to continue wearing a facemask to protect themselves, their families and their community.

On December 8th, the virus transmission in Los Angeles County reached a High Community Level, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the LA County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) metrics. This rise in cases has led to more hospitalizations and, tragically, more people dying from COVID-related illnesses, underscoring the need to take safety precautions.

When community spread is high, essential workers such as retail, grocery store and food processing workers have more exposure at work and those with underlying health conditions see the highest rates of hospitalizations and deaths associated with COVID.

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and UFCW 770 are urging essential workers and customers to remain vigilant and put their masks back on when indoors in public places such as work, school, stores, and entertainment venues. Masking is a simple and effective way to keep ourselves and our community safe. By donning a facemask members add an extra layer of protection against the flu, the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and COVID infections.

Our team here at Local 770 has been working diligently to provide health resources, including PPE, face masks, vaccines, and booster shots, so our members and the community can stay protected. We will continue our outreach efforts by distributing educational materials detailing the importance of wearing masks and offering other preventive measures workers can take outside of their home. 

By following guidelines from public health authorities, such as getting the bivalent booster, masking up in public places, getting tested before gathering, and staying home if you’re sick, we can help reduce the spread of COVID in Los Angeles County this holiday season and protect our loved ones.