By Ann Frances –
Irvine’s fight against COVID-19 just got a boost, thanks to a July 27 gift of 1 million face masks, courtesy of developer FivePoint. The masks will be used in the Mayor’s Mask Giveaway, launched by Mayor Christina Shea and the Irvine City Council, to offer the city’s residents, workers and first responders free disposable masks to wear. An executive order that went into effect April 10 requires workers and patrons of retail stores to wear a mask. And on June 24, the city began requiring all businesses to post signs indicating masks are required for anyone entering a business.
Shortly after receiving the donation of masks, 100,000 were immediately provided to the Irvine Unified School District to help protect students, teachers and staff as the district prepares for the new school year ahead.
Another beneficiary of the mask give-away is Irvine’s senior population. The free masks will be distributed through the city’s Meals on Wheels program, and to assisted-living facilities. Childcare centers and children’s camps will also receive masks through the Irvine Child Care Project.
“Since this crisis began, the health and safety of our community has been our top priority,” Irvine Mayor Christina Shea said in a city news release. “We were one of the first cities to require face coverings. We distributed masks to essential businesses early on in the pandemic. We are the first city in Orange County to establish a COVID-19 testing program for those who live and work in our community, regardless of whether they are experiencing symptoms. And now, thanks to this generous donation from our partner FivePoint, we have the opportunity to provide masks to residents, families, workers, and first responders. We extend our deepest appreciation to FivePoint for their dedication to the Irvine community and continued collaboration.”
At the onset of the global pandemic, the Irvine-based developer of the Orange County Great Park and the Great Park Neighborhoods provided 100,000 masks to the city’s first responders and healthcare providers. And now FivePoint has followed that effort by adding another million to the city’s available resources.
“From the start, FivePoint has supported healthcare workers, first responders and all of the heroes on the frontline of this pandemic, including here in the City of Irvine, our public partner in good times and moments of crisis like this,” FivePoint Chairman and CEO Emile Haddad said in a statement.
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