OC Sheriff Says He Won't Enforce Gov. Newsom's New Mask Mandate

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By KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO
Orange County's Sheriff says he won't enforce the state's mandate to wear a mask Thursday.

Just today, California Gov. Newsom announced that masks are mandatory for everyone in the state in public indoor spaces and outdoors.

In a statement to KNX, Don Barnes says it's each person's responsibility to wear a face-covering but not law enforcement's responsibility to enforce it.

Interim Health Officer Dr. Clayton Chau walked back the OC mandatory mask order just last week.  

But, speaking this afternoon, he made it clear he's not anti-mask.

Dr. Chau says the county is reviewing the Governor's order and he anticipates making changes in the county's regulation.

BREAKING: Orange County's Sheriff tells @KNX1070 he will NOT enforce Governor Newsom's new statewide mask mandate. Says it's "each person's responsibility to wear a face covering" but "not law enforcement's responsibility to enforce it".

— KNXDavid (@KNXDavid) June 19, 2020

Meantime, nail salons and massage parlors will be allowed to reopen in the O-C starting tomorrow.  Seven more people have died from COVID-19 in Orange County -- bringing the total to 250.

Last week, after weeks of angry debate, Orange County dropped its requirement that people wear masks in public.
 
On Tuesday, even though the mask health order was not on the agenda at the Orange County Board of Supervisors meeting, there was a protest outside of the county building with both pro and con protesters in attendance.
 
Those in the faith, business and union sectors called for the reinstatement of the mask policy Tuesday, according to a story reported by CBS LA and other media reports including NBC News via City News Service.
 
"The Orange County Labor Federation, an umbrella group that represents about 90 local unions, is teaming up with religious and business leaders, will call on county officials to reinstate the mandatory mask rule," the NBC News story reported.
 
There were signs at the protest saying "Show Your Smile!" and "Think!" and protesters shouting "Quarantine yourself."
 
When it comes to COVID-19 in Orange County, 12 more people have died and the total death toll now stands at 233.
 

Even though the mask health recommendation isn’t on the Orange County supes agenda— (and is already lifted)— pro/con mask protestors in a shout down outside the county building. #coronavirus #masks @KNX1070 pic.twitter.com/WK8Ce42rGL

— Craig Fiegener (@CraigNews3LV) June 16, 2020
 
Last week, OC Health Care Agency Director Dr. Clayton Chau said that doesn't mean people shouldn't wear masks.
 
"I want to be clear, this does not diminish the importance of face coverings. I stand with the public health experts and believe wearing cloth face coverings helps to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community and save lives," he said.
 
Last week, Dr. Chau had a mask hanging from his ear as he made the announcement. He says the change is not due to public pushback but to be in alignment with the state.
 
Dr. Nichole Quick, who was the previous OC health officer, resigned recently after being threatened by community residents who were angry over the mandated mask order.
 
Bars also will be allowed to open in Orange County last week.
 
They still are closed in LA County.