Editor's Note: This story has been updated with more Manhattan Beach and South Bay sources for masks.
If masks or face coverings haven't been a part of your COVID-19 shutdown routine, they should be by now.
Last month, the Los Angeles County Department of Health expanded its current stay-at-home order
to require that members of the public wear face coverings when entering any essential businesses in Los Angeles County. (Essential businesses include grocery
stores, pharmacies, banks, hardware stores, laundry services, and
restaurants.) The order also requires essential businesses to provide a cloth face
covering for all of their employees.
In addition, the of Manhattan Beach is strongly encouraging residents to wear face
coverings at any time while in public, especially during exercise
“We have a highly active community that prides itself on physical
fitness. During these times, everyone should take additional precautions
where possible," said Manhattan Beach Mayor
Richard Montgomery in a statement. "The entire City Council and I encourage the community
to go beyond the county’s orders and wear face coverings while in
public. Additionally, those engaging in vigorous activities, such as
biking and running, are strongly encouraged to use face coverings to
reduce the likelihood of spreading the virus through increased
respiration levels. Finally, essential businesses are reminded that they
play an important part in these public health orders, and are required
to enforce social distancing and face covering requirements."
(Note that N95 medical-grade masks are not required or recommended for the general public, because those masks need to be reserved for those working on the front lines.)
Where to Find Masks in Manhattan Beach
So given that masks have been in short supply, how do you acquire a mask or face covering?
For starters, the CDC has instructions here
for making your own mask. You don't need fancy fabrics; you can begin with even a bandana or a t-shirt. Many local residents have been sewing their own and giving them out or donating them to businesses or hospitals.
But if you'd prefer to purchase a pre-made mask - and support local merchants in the process - a few shops in Manhattan Beach are offering masks for sale. (Again, not that these are not medical-grade masks; these are geared toward the general public.)
is offering a tempting package deal: For $65 you can get a basket with a Lapis Luna red wine, Benziger Winery chardonnay, Wet Ones sanitizing wipes, and two locally made masks. To order the full basket, call Bacchus at 310-372-2021. (They will take the order and walk it right to the car for pickup.) The masks are made by Coolie Surf, a local maker of rash guards for surfers. If you want just the masks, message @coolie_surf on Instagram.
Bella Beach Kids is offering pre-washed, 100% cotton masks on its web site. The two-layer cotton masks come in kid and adult sizes and range from $12.50 to $16.50 apiece. Choose from curbside pickup or shipment. Birdwell Beach Britches
is making a general-use, reversible mask constructed with two layers of their breathable SurfStretch™ fabric. The masks are $19.95; for each mask you purchase, a mask will be donated to CORE,
a non-profit founded by Sean Penn working in partnership with the LA
Mayor’s Office and the LA Fire Department to provide free drive-through
testing for high-risk individuals.
is offering handmade masks
in 100% silk or cotton. The masks are $22 apiece, with a portion of sales donated to communities in need.
Lahive (the fashion line of Manhattan Beach designer Lizzy Lahive) is selling "Operation Blue
" masks made of cotton with a silk charmeuse lining and a hemp flax pocket to hold a filter. The masks are $22, with proceeds from the sales to benefit L.A. fashion workers.
is offering masks made by designer Karen Luu in washable cotton. The next shipment arrives April 30. Call 310-545-8800 or email info@lulusnouvelle to pre-order or for more information.
is selling "Together We Shall Ride Again" custom blue bandanas
. The bandanas are $20 for two - If you buy one, they will send one to anyone you choose (shipping included).
in El Porto has been selling disposable masks, at $16.99 plus tax for a ten-count package. They are currently out of stock but are expecting more - Check in with them on their current stock.
Two Guns Espresso - North Manhattan Location
has been selling cloth masks at its North Manhattan location for $10 apiece (with the proceeds going toward materials to make masks to donate to health care workers). There is limited stock available; refilled as shipments come in.
has both linen and cotton masks in a variety of styles. They come with a pocket to insert a filter (filter not included). Buy them here
for $15 apiece.
Other South Bay Mask Sources
DigMB has been hearing of other sources in the South Bay for masks. If you hear about some you want to share, please let us know.
, a state-of-the art indoor baseball hitting facility and retail center based in Torrance, has protective anti-microbial Micropoly (88% poly/12% spandex) masks in kid and adult sizes for $12 apiece. Several styles bear the "GBG" - Garciaparra Baseball Group logo. Hitter's House will donate a mask to hospitals and front lines for every mask purchased. Purchase their masks here
of Redondo Beach has masks for $10 apiece. They include a rotating variety of prints, including white masks that kids can decorate, and "bling" masks. They offer curbside pick up from noon to 5:00 p.m. every day at 207 Avenida Del Norte in Redondo Beach. Call 310-926-3179 for more information or delivery options.
South Bay Artist Studio
is offering face masks and face mask kits. Face masks are $17 or $18 for child or adult sizes; and $19 or $20 for child or adult masks that include a cotton drawstring carrying bag. A DIY face mask kit with pre-cut pieces (and cotton drawstring bag) is available for $15. See available selections here
, a sporting goods company and apparel manufacturing company based in Gardena, has shifted much of its resources into manufacturing cloth face masks in its Los Angeles office. This company of 20 people is producing approximately 6,000 cloth face masks by hand per day, and donating about 500 per day. Cloth face masks are $6.99 apiece. Purchase a Stringking mask here