Santa Monica donates 135,000 masks to local businesses


February 9, 2022 4:02 p.m.

Starting tomorrow, for the next two weeks, the City of Santa Monica, in partnership with Santa Monica Travel & Tourism, PPE Unite and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, is manufacturing 135,000 KN95, N95 and surgical masks and 2,000 bottles of hand sanitizer available to local businesses by appointment, while supplies last, free of charge. The following industries are eligible for free masks and hand sanitizer under this program:

  • Automotive
  • Utilities
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail and Digital
  • Health care and social assistance
  • Restaurants, hotels and catering
  • Arts, entertainment and recreation
  • Personal care and laundry services
  • Child care services (schools are not eligible)
  • information and technology
  • Transport and storage
  • The wholesale trade
  • Waste management and remediation services
  • Motion pictures and sound recording
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
  • Mining, quarrying, oil and gas

Eligible businesses must register for a pick-up time at to ensure supplies are available. The giveaway is part of the City of Santa Monica’s ongoing economic recovery efforts and builds on the free distribution of 50,000 face masks at the start of the pandemic. This collaboration comes at a much needed time for small businesses. On Jan. 17, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health amended the health workers’ order to state that all indoor businesses must provide high-quality surgical masks to their employees. This requirement was issued to better protect workers due to the highly contagious variant of Omicron and countywide outbreaks early in the pandemic.

“We look forward to supporting Santa Monica businesses by providing free personal protective equipment to keep Santa Monica workers safe as we work together to reduce community transmission of Omicron,” said Lindsay Call, director of the Santa Monica Emergency Operations Center.

“Our goal is to keep Los Angeles workplaces healthy and safe during the pandemic, and we’re excited to partner with the City of Santa Monica and Santa Monica Travel & Tourism to expand PPE distribution. essential freebies to the local West LA business community,” said Jay Tsao, co-founder of PPE Unite.

While supplies last, each eligible business will receive a 30-day supply of PPE per employee by registering for an appointment here: Pick-up location is at the Santa Monica Travel and Tourism Main Street Information Center, 2427 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405. Appointments are required and pick-up times are 10 AM-4 PM, 7 7 days a week. Text or call (424) 443-7444 or email [email protected] with any questions.


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