BELLA+CANVAS on Larry King

Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Danny Harris, talks about face masks as the solution to getting the world back to work.


Apple’s retail reopening plan: Temperature checks, mandatory masks and 25 stores to reopen this week


May 17, 2020

Apple released its blueprint for how it will reopen its stores once it is safe to due so. It will also reopen 25 stores in the U.S. this week.

Customers will be required to submit to a temperature check and wear a mask before entering the store, according to the guidelines written by Apple’s retail and human resources chief Deirdre O’Brien. If a customer doesn’t have a mask, Apple will provide them with one.

Customers will also be screened for other symptoms caused by Covid-19, like a cough. Apple said occupancy will be limited in stores, and employees will be focused on “one-on-one, personalized service.”

Face masks are now a mandatory L.A. accessory. Can we keep covered up?

LA Times

May 15, 2020

After weeks of telling residents to stay indoors, L.A. officials this week started easing strict stay-at-home rules.

But Angelenos desperate to return to the beaches, mountains and trails as summer approaches, just learned there is a catch. Both city and county officials said residents must wear face coverings when going outdoors.

The rules apply “any time you’re out and there are people around, whether it be at a trail head or a parking lot or a sidewalk,” Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles County’s director of public health, said Thursday.

BELLA+CANVAS Pivots To Make Face Covers And Becomes Largest Global Manufacturer Of Non-Medical Face Masks

Yahoo Finance

May 11, 2020

Largest North American Manufacturer Of T-shirts Will Produce 100 Million Face Covers A Week

BELLA+CANVAS, leading manufacturer of premium wholesale apparel today announced it is producing up to 100 million face covers a week, making it the largest global manufacturer of non-medical masks in the world. The company pivoted in production as a response to COVID-19, converting its cutting manufacturing floors and retooling its machines from making millions of T-shirts, to up to 100 million face covers a week with the most advanced "no-sew" and "human-touch-free" technology available.

Bella + Canvas Exec Cautions Cloth Mask Makers

ASI Central

May 8, 2020

Chris Blakeslee, Bella’s president, says industry manufacturers should protect themselves by following guidelines in the FDA’s emergency use authorization for face masks.

In a matter of a few weeks, Bella + Canvas (asi/39590) has become one of the largest producers of cloth face masks, and the apparel supplier has been working closely with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to make sure it’s following the proper guidelines.

“We’re making 100 million masks a week now,” says Chris Blakeslee, president of Bella + Canvas. “Early on, we were very involved with the White House coronavirus task force. At one point, the government was thinking of sending five-packs of face coverings to everyone in the U.S.”

If 80% of Americans Wore Masks, COVID-19 Infections Would Plummet, New Study Says

Vanity Fair

May 8, 2020

There’s compelling evidence that Japan, Hong Kong, and other East Asian locales are doing it right and we should really, truly mask up—fast.

It sounds too good to be true. But a compelling new study and computer model provide fresh evidence for a simple solution to help us emerge from this nightmarish lockdown. The formula? Always social distance in public and, most importantly, wear a mask.

Serena Williams Partners with Bella Canvas to Distribute Face Masks

Tennis World USA

May 6, 2020

23 time Grand slam champion Serena Williams is partnering with Bella Canvas to supply 45,000 face covers to communities in need during the current global pandemic. Williams, along with Bella Canvas, will supply 45,000 face covers to communities in need

The face covers will be made available free but people will have to pay shipping costs and handling fees. Serena posted an update on her Instagram account talking about the reasons why she decided to start the initiative. “So, with this practice of social distancing, we have to wear a mask to do all of our daily activities like going to grocery stores."

Face Masks and Crowd Control: The Race To Make Your Subway Ride Safer

New York Times

May 3, 2020

Social distancing isn't easy on the subway. Transit officials are mapping out ways to prepare the system for the return of riders.

Mr. Cuomo has already ordered that riders and transit workers on crowded subway cars and buses must wear face coverings. Transit officials have also introduced rear-door boarding on buses to keep distance between riders and drivers.

JetBlue Is the First Major U.S. Airline to Require Masks for Passengers

New York Times

April 28, 2020

The airline will require all passengers to wear a face covering from the beginning to the end of their trip. The policy takes effect Monday.

JetBlue will require passengers to wear face coverings starting next week, becoming the first major American airline to compel its customers to cover their noses and mouths since the start of the coronavirus outbreak.

The policy, which takes effect Monday, covers the duration of a passenger’s flight, from check-in through boarding and deplaning, the airline said.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo orders all people to wear face coverings in public


April 15, 2020

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday he is ordering all people to wear a face covering while in public as the state works to combat the nation’s worst coronavirus outbreak.

The executive order will take effect after a three-day grace period, Cuomo said at his daily news conference in Albany.

In outlining a gradual reopening of businesses, Cuomo said the state is moving toward a “new normal.”

Face masks may be 'new normal' in post-virus life as U.S. prepares gradual reopening


April 15, 2020

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic in the United States approached 31,000 on Wednesday as governors began cautiously preparing Americans for a post-virus life that would likely include public face coverings as the “new normal.”

“If you are going to be in public and you cannot maintain social distancing, then have a mask, and put that mask on,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat.

What you need to know about L.A.'s mandatory coronavirus mask, face covering rules

Los Angeles Times

April 8, 2020

Effective Friday, Los Angeles residents must wear a mask, bandanna or other type of covering over their noses and mouths when in grocery stores and other essential businesses under an order from Mayor Eric Garcetti. Workers at many businesses must also cover their faces...

A Texas City Mandates People Wear Masks in Public or Face $1,000 Fines


April 4, 2020

Should you wear a mask during the coronavirus pandemic? The city of Laredo, Texas, has decided that yes, you do. And if you don’t wear one, they could fine you.

The city’s emergency mandate, which went into effect on April 2, states that every person over the age of five must wear “some form of covering over their nose and mouth” when using public transportation, taxis, ride shares, pumping gas or when inside a building open to the public. That face covering can include a homemade mask, scarf, bandana or handkerchief. The penalty for violating the order is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $1,000.

Coronavirus Live Updates: C.D.C. Recommends Wearing Masks

New York Times

April 4, 2020

The United States on Saturday experienced its first full day under a federal recommendation that people wear cloth masks when they go out in public in many instances, the latest effort to contain the coronavirus pandemic that has seen more than 1 million people worldwide become infected...

The Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Center for disease Control Website

April 3, 2020

CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States. We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms… In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings…