The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on Friday ripped the area’s newly reinstated indoor mask mandate — saying the COVID-19 precaution is “not backed by science” and that the law enforcement agency won’t enforce it.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva said that his department was too underfunded to make sure residents comply with the public health order, which is set to go into effect Saturday amid an uptick in coronavirus cases.
Requiring that people wear face coverings indoors, even when vaccinated, is “not backed by science” and “contradicts” federal health guidelines, Villanueva said in a statement.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
The mandate — which applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated people in shops, gyms and retail stores, as well as restaurants when not eating or drinking — takes effect just before midnight on Saturday.
Local health officials said Thursday that the county has been recording more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases each day for a week, and there is now “substantial community transmission.”
This is an excerpt from the New York Post.