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    News — Masks

    Look good, protect others

    Look good, protect others

    Sadly, the country has begun to see a second surge of COVID-19 cases. While an attempt to flatten the curve worked for a short while, it’s become obvious that we’re far from defeating this virus.

    Admittedly, we know masks aren’t the ideal addition to your daily attire - unless you’re a superhero or vigilante - but they certainly have the potential to save someone else from getting sick. Only together can we make a difference.

    And since the start of quarantine, we’ve tried to bring positive change to this fight. From creating coverage for frontline workers to manufacturing them for the general public, we transformed our entire factory into a mask-sewing paradise for over two months.

    In our next follow-up effort, we’re trying to get masks in as many of your hands as possible. So we're offering our standard Mask 3-Packs at 25% off for a short while.

    Rock ‘em, trade ‘em, gift ‘em – whatever it takes to keep the ones you love safe and sound.

    The Evolving State-By-State Face Mask Regulations

    Pistol Lake Face Masks

    With more and more states looking to reopen in the coming weeks and months, it’s just as important than ever to do it safely. In doing so, many local governments are making face masks mandatory while in public – whether at the grocery store or at the park. And although these, for the time being, will fluctuate from state-to-state, week-by-week, it’s always better to be careful than sorry. 

    So with the guidelines for safety changing by the minute, Pistol Lake wanted to put together an easy-to-find cheat sheet for face mask protection.

    If you need masks, we’ve got you covered as well. Currently, we’re all stocked up on three different variations of white, so check them out and stay safe!

    Now, before digging deep here, there are two things to keep in mind.

    1. These are changing daily – so give your local government a call or research online just to be thorough.
    2. These current statuses are based on a simple statement by the CDC, the Center for Disease Control, which recommends that everyone wear a cloth covering in public settings – especially those in which social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. 

    But beyond that, each state has taken that suggestion in one of three ways: Required, recommended, or no stance – with plenty of mixing between the options for businesses and the general public.

    In states where masks are mandatory, fines are being levied at those breaking the guidelines for safer and healthier living. As of today, thanks to a wonderfully informative article on Littler, here’s where most states stand. First, you'll find the official releases and then, below that, some handy specifics.

    Official Stance

    Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, CaliforniaColorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennslyvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

    Specifics

    Alabama: Face coverings are required for employees of restaurants, personal care services, and gyms, and fitness centers.

    Alaska: Employees of reopening businesses must wear face coverings

    Arizona: Required for employees and customers of barbers and cosmetologists.

    Residents are recommended to wear cloth face coverings worn in public places where physical distancing is difficult to maintain.

    Arkansas: Required for restaurants reopening for dine-in. All staff who come in contact with patrons must wear a face mask that completely covers their nose and mouth. Gyms and fitness centers, too.

    Residents are encouraged to wear a cloth mask when in public and unable to maintain a 6-foot distance from others.

    California: Cities like San Francisco have made masks mandatory, same as LAX and other large gathering locations. For a state as large as California, it's best to check locally for better details.

    Colorado: For critical businesses, workers must wear medical or non-medical cloth face coverings that cover the nose and mouth while working, except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health.

    Connecticut: Any person in a public place in Connecticut who is unable to or does not maintain a safe social distance of approximately six feet from every other person shall cover their mouth and nose with a mask or cloth face-covering.

    Retail, personal care, office-based businesses, and restaurant employees and customers must wear face coverings.

    Delaware: All individuals must wear a face covering, except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health or where the individual is under two years of age, while in the following places: Public transportation, at a business, at the doctor or hospital, in an outdoor public area in which social distancing of six feet is not possible.

    Similar measures for businesses.

    Florida: Personal care, such as barbers, are required to wear masks, while encouraged to adopt policies requiring customers to do so as well.

    Georgia: Required for businesses permitted to reopen. Recommended for the general public, especially in settings where social distancing is difficult to maintain.

    Hawaii: Customers must wear a covering while at an essential business. All employees that have any contact with customers must also wear the covering recommended by the CDC.

    Idaho: Face coverings by the general public is strongly recommended.

    Illinois: Businesses are required to provide face coverings to all employees who are not able to maintain social distancing. People over 2 must wear a mask or face covering when in a public.

    Indiana: Face coverings for residents are recommended. Restaurant and personal care employees are quired.

    Iowa: None.

    Kansas: Residents are recommended to wear face coverings on nose and mouth.

    Kentucky: Businesses are required to provide face coverings to employees, ensure that they're worn, and regularly replace gloves.

    Louisiana: Employees that contact the general public mask wear a mask, face coverings are recommended in social distancing situations.

    Maine: People must wear a face covering when social distancing is not possible. Employers can decide if their works need one as well.

    Maryland: All customers, retail establishments, food staff, and public transportation areas require the face coverings. 

    Massachusetts: Residents over 2 must wear face cover in public, like at a business or on public transportation – customers and employees alike.

    Michigan: Essential businesses and construction operations must wear face coverings when six feet separation is not possible. Any resident able to wear a mask must when in enclosed public space.

    Minnesota: Coverings are recommended for public situations and social distancing purposes.

    Mississippi: Required for all businesses, restaurants, personal care, and gym/fitness employees. Residents are recommended to wear when away from home.

    Missouri: It is recommended that people wear coverings while in public and social distancing.

    Montana: None.

    Nebraska: Re-opening restaurants must wear masks for takeout and dine-in. Residents are only recommended to wear a face covering.

    Nevada: Employees that interact with the public must wear masks.  People are recommended to wear face coverings whenever they leave the house.

    New Hampshire: While at work and in public, employees should wear covering – especially at retail, restaurants, personal care, and golf courses. Strongly recommended otherwise.

    New Jersey: Essential retail businesses must wear coverings inside, provide the coverings to employees, and may decline entry for a customer who does not comply.

    Workers and customers must while on public transit as well.

    New Mexico: Employers must provide workers with face covering and then require them. Essential businesses must ensure all workers are covered too.

    New York: At the employer's expense, businesses must supply face coverings for their essential workers. Residents over 2 must wear one when in a public space and social distancing is not possible. 

    North Carolina: Retail businesses are encouraged to supply, use, and educate employees on face coverings.

    North Dakota: Required for personal care employees. Recommend for everyone else. Encouraged for employers in close contact with the public.

    Ohio: Face coverings are required for businesses – both employers and employees. Recommended for the public.

    Oklahoma: No statewide order, check locally, however.

    Oregon: Retail, food/beverage, and personal care must wear face coverings.

    Pennslyvania: Essential businesses must provide masks for employees. Businesses will require all customers to wear masks while on the premises. 

    Rhode Island: All still-operating businesses must require face coverings at their own expense. Residents in public places, both indoors or out, must wear a covering. Required in grocery stores, as well as public transportation. 

    South Carolina: Residents are recommended to wear masks when the social distance is tough to maintain.

    South Dakota: Recommended that people are to wear face masks in public places where social distancing is not possible.

    Tennessee: Employees should consider wearing masks to work and patrons are encouraged to do the same in public places.

    Texas: All employees should consider wearing masks.

    Utah: Employees and patrons alike are required to wear masks whenever social distancing is not possible.

    Vermont: All operating businesses must require masks to be worn by employees when interacting with others. 

    Virginia: All employees and patrons should utilize masks when in social settings – but not required.

    Washington: People are advised to wear cloth masks when they are in public settings in which they cannot maintain social distance. Employers must provide the needed PPE to their workers.

    West Virginia: All employees should wear masks with the exception of small businesses of 10 or fewer employees and no customer contact.

    Wisconsin: It is recommended that people wear a cloth mask when in public settings.

    Wyoming: Masks are required for all gym employees, personal care services employees, and guests.

    Pistol Lake Pivot: The How + Why Of Face Masks

    Pistol Lake Face Masks

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    Over the past two months, Pistol Lake has made some radical changes. At first, we were making face masks to support frontline healthcare workers. Then as the ever-evolving process changed again, we made them available to the general public as well. 

    These days, we're often asked: Sure, you made face masks, but how? Given the circumstances, it was a challenge – but one that our team, including CEO Ryan Light, was game for.

    Detailed for a new piece titled COVID-19 Edition: Pistol Lake Re-Tools Warehouse to Make Much Needed Masks on Social Starts, Light recounted the company journey through a complicated March and April.

    "In the first week, knowing what to make, how to make it, who to make it for, and who wanted/needed it specifically was a confusing mess. We took to Twitter, Reddit, Slack channels, Facebook, got email intros, made cold phone-calls, you name it! All to answer the question: 'Exactly what should we be making and for who?'" 

    If you're the type of human that loves behind-the-scenes looks, this one is for you.

    Overwhelmingly, the overall response has been incredible – not only with the face masks but to our site-wide sale back in March as well. To say that our community saved numerous jobs would be a vast understatement. We feel extremely lucky to have a group of collective rockstars behind us, both near and far – so thank you, thank you, thank you!

    If you ever have questions, comments, or suggestions, never hesitate to reach out at team@pistollake.com – we'll always take care of you.

    ***

    Face Masks Update + Restocks

    Pistol Lake Face Masks

    Our team worked tirelessly on retooling the warehouse to create face masks during these uncertain times. And, even cooler, we got it done.

    A week ago, we announced that face masks would be available in our store to the general public. We’re very excited to say that Pistol Lake has sold out of the first batch already, thank you all so much! 

    Seriously, we couldn’t have asked for a better community of humans on our side.

    We’ve been sewing non-stop lately and the next collection of face masks will be ready for shipment as soon as possible.

    For those that missed out, here’s the gist: These are woven, two-ply face masks with ties and a bendable nose strip for a customizable fit. This time around, we’ve got them in three colorways: 

    Most importantly, these masks are washable and reusable. 

    Last but not least, we’ve partnered with maskson.org and a portion of our proceeds will go to healthcare workers in need of the medical-grade gear that has run so desperately scarce.

    Pistol Lake Is Making Face Masks + Here's How

    Pistol Lake Is Making Face Masks + Here's How

    On Friday, Klaviyo featured two companies that pivoted from apparel manufacturing to face masks. One of them was ours and we were happy to shed some light on the always-changing process.

    As most of you know already: Pistol Lake is making masks for everybody. For this piece, Klaviyo wanted to chat with CEOs that had successfully switched courses during the COVID-19 crisis and Ryan Light came to mind immediately. 

    Thanks to our strong network, local ties, and commitment to make a difference, we've seen overwhelming success with this project thus far – so we can't say thank you enough!

    You should go read the entire piece here – which also focuses on Averill Bromfield of Averill’s Sharper Uniforms – but here's a quote from our very own CEO to kick things off:

    “Our factory, fabric, and dye products are all local to LA, so there were no issues with customs or bringing in items from overseas, but fabric and dye are considered non-essential items so those manufacturers had to shut down," Light said.

    "Because we were going to use the materials to make face masks, the city of Anaheim granted us a permit of a few hours during which we could quickly pick up the fabrics that our fabric manufacturer was storing for us."

    Additionally, a portion of our proceeds go to maskson.org, a non-profit that turns full-face snorkels into life-saving medical masks.

    Once more, your support and enthusiasm for our small company have meant the world during these uncertain times. Pistol Lake is proud to help any way we can and, for now, we've figured out how to do exactly that.