Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva is blasting the county’s decision to order masks to be worn indoors once again, claiming the new mandate is “not backed by science” and contradicts federal guidelines.
Villanueva said “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.”
He added that sheriff’s deputies “will not expend our limited resources” to enforce the order.
.@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
Instead, the department is asking for voluntary compliance.
Per ABC7 Los Angeles “County officials reinstated the mask mandate after nearly a week of more than 1,000 new daily cases every day. The figure has grown more than ten-fold in just the month since California lifted mask and social distancing rules.”