PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

11/22/2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 112221
Subject:
Long Beach Health and Human Services Department Distributes 2.7 Million Masks for Children
Contact:
Jennifer Rice Epstein
562.441.3590
Jennifer.RiceEpstein@longbeach.gov
Public Affairs Officer
Department of Health and Human Services




Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) is distributing 2.7 million child-sized masks to local early childhood education providers and community-based organizations. The masks were donated to the City in July 2021 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

“This generous donation of masks for kids from FEMA supports the City’s continuous effort of protecting our youngest residents from COVID-19,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.

With the help of the Early Childhood Education Program and the Long Beach Mayor’s Fund for Education, the Health Department already has connected 405 local providers with more than one million of the FEMA masks to share with the families they directly serve. The rest of the nearly 1.7 million remaining masks will be distributed in the coming weeks.

Masks are currently required indoors in public settings, schools and businesses, regardless of vaccination status. While face masks can be safely worn by children 2 years old and older, the masks granted to the City are intended for children who are at least 4 years old.

Individuals aged 5 and older are currently eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations.

"Being able to provide free disposable masks to our community is a critical effort in helping to keep them and their families safe,” said City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis.

Long Beach-based early childhood education providers and community-based organizations can request child-size masks using this request form.

For the latest information on COVID-19, with details on all that the City of Long Beach is doing to keep our residents safe, visit longbeach.gov/COVID19 and follow @LBHealthDept on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.