Beverly Hills City Council Votes Unanimously to Not Enforce County Mask Mandate

More lawmakers continue to announce opposition to new mandate

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  1. The Beverly Hills City Council voted to not enforce an all but certain return of the Los Angeles County indoor mask mandate on Monday night.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is only a few days away from announcing whether or not the County has pulled above the ‘high’ CDC new rate and hospitalization threshold for COVID-19 that would automatically trigger a return of the indoor mask mandate to the County. Such as return has been threatened for months, with it only becoming a looming issue on July 15th when the Public Health Department said that the threshold was reached and that the County has two weeks to get below or else the mandate would return as early as July 29th.

While local businesses in the County are scrambling to get ready in time in order to remain open, many cities have been looking at ways to make the mandate more manageable, with others trying to find ways to not make a mandate so impactful on their city. On Monday, Beverly Hills made the largest step, by far, of any city, deciding to not enforce the mask mandate within the city. In an announcement, the city noted that enforcement would instead fall to the Public Health Department itself, with no city resources to go to the enforcement of the mask mandate.

“I feel it is our job to lead and I support the power of choice,” said Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse on Monday in a statement. “Our job is to be proactive and public about what we believe. This is a united City Council and community that cares about health. We are not where we were in 2020, and now we need to move forward as a community and be part of the solution.”

Beverly Hills rejects mandatory masking enforcement

Beverly Hills wasn’t the only one to make such an announcement on Monday either, as other lawmakers have come forward opposing the return of the mandate. The most prominent, besides the city, was Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who not only brought into doubt what the effectiveness of masking was, but also noted the recent Alameda County indoor mask mandate returning for only a few weeks last month before abruptly ending once again.

“I have not seen any empirical data that conclusively shows that masking mandates make a difference in decreasing or stopping COVID-19 transmission rates,” wrote Barger on Monday. “An analysis of Alameda County’s June 2022 masking mandate, in fact, concluded it had no significant impact in comparison to its surrounding counties that did not impose a masking mandate. Alameda County dropped this mandate after only three weeks.”

Analysts noted that other cities might join Beverly Hills soon, or at least have prominent lawmakers continue to come out against a mandate.

“Less and less people are standing for these mandates,” explained Chelsea Lang, an LA County political consultant, to the Globe on Tuesday. “And that includes those in office. They’ve seen what these mandates can do to businesses and how they can negatively affect citizens. So they’re taking a stand. They’re saying ‘Hey, you can say that masking is back, but if you want it back so much, you deal with it.”

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  1. Richard Cathcart says

    Is it possible other cities will not merely defy Los Angeles County–which is dominated financially and otherwise by the City of Los Angeles–but will in future divorce themselves from the nonsense hot air and hostility emitted by LA County a truly toxic fixed source polluter Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, one of the world’s most crime-ridden and ugly metropolises.

  2. Unhappy LA taxpayer says

    A huge thank you to BH a or standing up to these idiots!!! They are NOT a doctors and are practicing medicine without a license – ILLEGAL!!! They are screwing up children’s lives/psyches – CHILD ABUSE!!! The medical journals are stating that masks are unhealthy – both physically and psychologically – besides being ineffective!!! All this proves my hypothesis is correct – they are IDIOTS!!!!

  3. All LA County Cities should ignore the mask mandate. Statistics show that masks are ineffective & cause more upper respiratory diseases than Guard against COVID.. wash your hands after touching public surfaces, d ok mytouch your face or mucous membranes, cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing & use Kleenex disposed of properly, don’t share eating or drinking utensils, & if you don’t feel well stay isolated. General hygiene habits you should have learned at home or in K through 6th grade.

  4. Wearing a mask is about as effective as installing a chain link fence around your house to stop mosquitoes!

  5. Mask mandates have nothing to do with a virus.

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