Residents of Los Angeles face fines of up to $ 300 for not wearing face masks in public, as cities maintain Governor Gavin Newsom’s masking mandate and California business continues to rise.
Authorities in several cities in LA County have announced plans to repress those who ignore the state’s executive branch, which requires Californians to wear masks in public places when social distance is not possible.
Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Monterey have all warned residents that they will be beaten with large fines if caught and do not cover their faces.
People exercise this social distance while waiting in line at Dior in Beverly Hills this week. Los Angeles residents now face fines of up to $ 300 if they do not wear face cover in public
Authorities in several cities in LA County have announced plans to target people who don’t wear masks as affairs rise in the county and state. People will be taken en masse to a beach in Santa Monica on Thursday
The sheriff of the affluent area of West Hollywood has introduced one of the harshest fines, with a first offense paying people back a total of $ 300- $ 250 plus a $ 50 fee.
Captain Edward Ramirez of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s West Hollywood Station said he was forced to introduce the financial penalty as a “last option.”
“Our last option was enforcement through an administrative quote, but the risk to Community health is too great,” he said.
In Santa Monica, residents are fined $ 100 for a first offense if they don’t wear a mask or meet social distance guidelines.
For a second offense, the cost goes up to $ 250 and a third for $ 500, while companies that ignore the rules are hit harder with a $ 1,000 fine.
Lane Dilg, Santa Monica’s Interim City Manager, described the city as a “critical time” when “facial covers are essential.”
“I encourage everyone to try different styles to find what works for you,” she said in a statement.
“But it’s a critical time to save lives by wearing face cover when we’re out of our house and not getting together with people outside our household.”
Governor Gavin Newsom ordered a masking mandate on June 18 requiring Californians to wear masks in public places when social distance is not possible
Governor Newsom issued a statewide order on June 18, requiring residents to wear masks in most public interior spaces, as well as outdoors when social distance is not possible, as coronavirus cases increased in the state.
Newsom said he issued the order after too many people went out in public with no face covering when businesses, restaurants and other sectors of the economy reopened.
The order requires people inside or in line to wear masks for public indoor areas, including hospital and pharmacy visits.
It also applies to ‘high-risk’ outdoor situations, such as waiting for or traveling by public transport, where it is not possible to stay six feet apart.
Workers should wear masks if they need to interact with the public for work, prepare or package food, or share common areas such as corridors and elevators.
Masks are also required in office environments if employees cannot physically distance themselves.
The order contains several exceptions, including for outdoor recreation and exercise such as walking, hiking, running or cycling.
But if people engage in such activities and cannot keep their distance from others, the state says they should also wear masks.
Other exceptions are: children under the age of 2, people with medical conditions that prevent them from wearing a mask, people who are hard of hearing or communicate with people who are hard of hearing, and people who receive treatments on their nose and mouth.
A total of 248,235 people were tested positive for the virus and 6,263 were killed in California
As business in LA and other hard-hit areas grow, Newsom has reverted to the state’s reopen plans
The state has not prescribed how to enforce the order, forcing provinces and cities to take matters into their own hands.
Beverly Hills had already issued a masking mandate in April and Orange County in late May.
But officials in Orange County later deteriorated when the county health officer, Dr. Nichole Quick faced a setback, including threats of violence against her during the move.
The county revised its guidelines, making it obsolete a week later, and Quick relinquished the role – before the state government made it mandatory again.
The move to financially ignore people who ignore the rules comes days after LA Mayor Eric Garcetti told LA not to “ask” residents “tell” to wear a mask.
“Everyone should wear your face covering. I’m not asking you; I’m telling you, ”he said at a news conference on Wednesday.
“If there is no mask, there should be no service in the places where we shop, where we work.
“When you’re in contact with someone else, wear that mask to say,” I care about you. ‘
Garcetti admitted that recent protests that ended systemic racism and police brutality after George Floyd’s “murder” may have spiked coronavirus cases.
Garcetti revealed that LA County health officials believe that some of the new COVID-19 cases may have come from large groups of people gathering at rallies.
“I talked to you again [Director of Public Health] Dr. Barbara Ferrer about this this morning. She thinks part of the spread comes from our protests, “said the mayor.
There are many cases in LA, with more than 2,100 additional cases of COVID-19 reported in the county on Thursday.
More than 1,900 people were hospitalized – the largest number since early May – with 546 in ICU 546, the county reported.
“Unfortunately, we continue to see negative trends in the data and we urgently need to make a change in the trajectory,” said Health Director Barbara Ferrer.
“We need to make sure that we don’t spend unnecessary time outside with others and use this opportunity as a nationwide redivision. We need everyone’s help. ‘
In the past two weeks alone, a staggering 29,444 new cases and 430 deaths have been registered in the county.
This means that the number of contamination is one of the most important measures closely monitored by state and local officials – that the number of positive cases is less than 100 per 100,000 inhabitants.
Based on the latest figures, LA County exceeds this figure by more than 292 per 100,000.
LA also has the highest rate of coronavirus and death in all 58 counties of the state.
As business in LA and other hard-hit areas grow, Newsom has reverted to the state’s reopen plans.
People enjoy alfresco dining in LA. LA also has the highest rate of coronavirus and death in all 58 counties of the state
People exercise social distance while queuing for food. There are many cases in LA, with more than 2,100 additional cases of COVID-19 reported in the county on Thursday
This week, the governor ordered the immediate closure of all bars, restaurant eateries, and movie theaters in LA and 18 other counties – nearly three weeks after California’s bars, shops, restaurants, and salons first reopened after a three-month shutdown.
The beaches in LA and Ventura counties are also closed for the July 4 celebration.
A similar worrying trend has been observed in the wider state, with the number of new cases in California increasing by almost 50 percent in the past two weeks, peaking at 43 percent in hospital admissions.
A total of 248,235 people have been tested positive for the virus and 6,263 have been killed in California.