Tuesday, April 7, 2020 | 6:50 p.m.
The local fashion industry, led by the Las Vegas Fashion Council, has created a Mask Task Force to address the lack of masks for healthcare workers. There is also a greater need for masks after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation that all Americans wear facial masks in public.
The task force consists of volunteers from the local fashion industry or the entertainment industry, and some who are just gutters.
They use the materials they have, said Carrie Carter Cooper, founder and president of the Las Vegas Fashion Council. With elastic and fabric becoming more difficult to source as demand increases, Cooper says volunteers become creative.
“People come with alternative ways to put on masks. Some use hair ties or they make ties of the same cloth as masks, “Cooper said.” If they run out [fabric], they are now cutting shirts or sheets. … But until all of these supply chains can really make more N95 or medical masks, this is a good backup option. “
While demand is high for volunteers who can sew, there are other ways to get involved. The board accepts donations such as cloth or cash to buy supplies. It also reaches out to the apparel industry, uniform companies and manufacturing companies to assist in sourcing materials and assisting production. Recently, one of the board members, who works in the clothing department at Wynn Las Vegas, gave the company news about how employees can help.
With the CDC’s recommendation last week that all Americans wear masks in public, Cooper anticipates demand to grow, but for now, the priority is to provide masks for frontline workers for free. Finally, the board plans to place price information on the website so people can buy masks for themselves or donate them to a health worker.
To volunteer or to donate money and / or materials, visit http://www.lasvegasfashioncouncil.com/mask-task-force.