• Matt Esnayra

L.A. County’s Mask Mandate Goes Into Effect, LASD Sheriff Says He Won't Enforce it

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said he would not enforce L.A. County's latest mask order because it is not backed by science."

Why it matters:

Sheriff Villanueva's remarks come as L.A. County's Department of Public Health announced the re-installment of a mask mandate which requires residents to wear face masks while indoors, regardless of their vaccination status.

  • The new health orders go into effect Satursday night.

  • Long Beach, along with the rest of L.A. County, has been dealing with a surge of COVID-19 cases with no sign of tempering off.

  • On Friday, health officials announced 1,902 new cases, the largest one-day spike in COVID cases since Marh 5.

🧠 Keep this in Mind: Villanueva is running for re-election as Sheriff of Los Angeles County. He faces stiff competition from highly qualified challengers, including LAX Police Chief Cecil Rhambo and LASD veteran Eliezar Vera, per LA Mag.

🎤 What he's saying: "Forcing the vaccinated and those who already contracted COVID-19 to wear masks indoors is not backed by science and contradicts the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines," Villanueva said in a statement.

  • Sheriff Villanueva would go on to mention that the "Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) has authority to enforce the order, but the underfunded/defunded Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will not expend our limited resources and instead ask for voluntary compliance."

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