Textiles makers in the Bay Area are being forced to put on protective masks, after an outbreak of the virus led to a surge in the number of workers who contracted the disease.
Key points:Actors and designers will be forced wear masks on the job for two weeks to prevent the spread of the Zika outbreakThe masks will be compulsory in the state for at least the next two weeksThe first batch of masks are expected to be worn on March 14, 2020.
The state is planning to ban the use of face coverings in workplaces by March 15.
The government says the new masks will help workers who are already vulnerable to infection.
Actors, designers and other artists will be required to wear the masks while they work in California and the US are facing a surge of cases of the mosquito-borne virus.
The California State Assembly on Monday approved a bill that would require employers and companies to wear protective masks for two months.
The bill will go before the state’s Senate later this month.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the virus is linked to the coronavirus that caused the pandemic in the US in 2015.
The virus has been linked to about 12,000 cases in the United States and more than 3,000 deaths.
Health officials are concerned the spread could spread to the mainland.
Health experts say the US has one of the highest rates of the disease in the world.
The majority of the cases are in Florida, but experts warn it is possible for other parts of the country to get infected.
A study of workers in the Philippines showed a similar surge of infections in February, while in Brazil, the outbreak is believed to have started in May.