Councilmember Eric Guerra calls for equitable access to face coverings  


Sacramento, Calif. June 23 (Punjab Mail) – Councilmember Eric Guerra today released a statement regarding Governor Newsom’s June 18 order for all Californians to wear face coverings while in public or high-risk settings.

“We want to thank Governor Newsom for making the right decision requiring face coverings in public to protect our public health as we transition back into the workplace. We have made great collective progress in limiting the spread of COVID-19 statewide but the risk for COVID-19 exposure and infection is still here.

The use of face coverings when in public can limit the release of infected droplets when talking, coughing, and/or sneezing in addition to physical distancing practices. As we learn more about the virus and evolve how we interact with each other, we have to address the unequal access to resources to mitigate exposure to this virus.

We have seen the disparities in the number of COVID-19 cases in our communities of color and disadvantaged communities. We must provide equitable access to face coverings to continue to protect ourselves and others as we move into this new phase of the public health order.

We are calling on every level of government to ensure there is equitable access to face coverings and other personal protective equipment. We are asking our state and county officials to immediately issue resources to city jurisdictions and non-profits who have access to those families most in need of face coverings.

We are asking that the City Manager immediately begin to identify a plan to use our CARES act funding to help individual families in the City of Sacramento that do not have access to face coverings.

We can’t expect families to go to pharmacies or grocery stores and expect them to comply if they have been out of work and cannot afford effective face coverings,” said Councilmember Eric Guerra.

The below signatory organizations respectfully request the donations of face coverings or financial assistance to cover the cost for the purchase of face coverings to make available to the vulnerable and under-resourced communities they serve.

Asian Resources Inc

La Familia Counseling Center

Greater Sacramento Urban League

Sacramento FUEL Network

Greater Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce

Community Partners Advocate of Little Saigon Sacramento

Bridge Network

Iu Mien Community Services

Mutual Housing California

Building Healthy Communities

Sierra Health Foundation