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Pasadena Volunteers To Patrol Streets, Help Enforce Mask Mandates

PASADENA (CBSLA) – The city of Pasadena will have volunteers walking city streets to ensure people are wearing face coverings.

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People drop off their Covid-19 tests into a blue bin at a mobile pop-up test site in Los Angeles, California on December 3, 2020. - Health officials are warning that the surge in Covid-19 cases ravaging Los Angeles County could threaten the availability of intensive-care beds by Christmas. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

Volunteers will walk major streets around Pasadena to hand out masks to those who don't have them and make sure those who do are wearing them.

Pasadena city spokesperson Lisa Derderian told CBSLA Thursday the Rose Bowl Loop has been an area of concern. Last weekend, code enforcement officers informed 75 runners on the Rose Bowl loop trail that they need to wear face coverings.

"This is something that we need to take very seriously, our numbers are significantly increasing daily, hospitalization is going up, the data shows that we're gonna need to shut down more," Derderian said.

Derderian said about 60 signs reminding people to wear masks were taken down or vandalized this week.

Meanwhile, a limited stay-at-home order took effect Friday for Pasadena. It prohibits all public and private gatherings and events with people from more than one household — except for faith-based services and protests.

Despite the stay-at-home order, Pasadena is the only city in Los Angeles County which still allows outdoor dining. Although the L.A. County Public Health Department banned outdoor dining last week, Pasadena is exempt from that order because it has its own health department, which chose not to enforce the ban.

On Nov. 16, the California Department of Public Health approved an expanded order which makes it mandatory for all people statewide to wear face coverings when they are outside of their homes, unless they meet certain exemptions, such as being in a car or actively eating or drinking. The order does not apply to children under the age of 2.

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