Breaking: This week, Los Angeles reimposed a mandatory COVID mask order. But, in a new development, the Los Angeles County Sheriff has just announced that he will not have his deputies enforce the order for both scientific and budgetary reasons.
The Sheriff issued the following statement:
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. 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. We encourage the DPH to work collaboratively with the Board of Supervisors and law enforcement to establish mandates that are both achievable and supported by science. –Sheriff Alex Villanueva
Please share your opinion about the Sheriff’s decision not to enforce the mask order by emailing [email protected]. Do you agree or disagree with the Sheriff’s decision?
.@lapublichealth has authority to enforce a new mask order, but the underfunded/defunded will not expend our limited resources and instead ask for voluntary compliance. Read my full statement by visiting https://t.co/DVBvmRbFA9 pic.twitter.com/Je1nMerWrO
— Alex Villanueva (@LACoSheriff) July 16, 2021