Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis said Sunday that restoring the mask mandate is “not punishment” but rather a “prevention.”
“We’re up to almost 1,900 cases and over 460 individuals that are now in our ICU unit. This is very disturbing,” Solis told ABC “This Week” co-anchor Martha Raddatz. “As responsible elected officials, we have to do something, and in this case, the county has the ability to do that through our health order, through our health officer.” The county reinstated their mask mandate over the weekend. It applies to all county residents regardless of vaccination status.
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Solis said the county is promoting programs aimed at “lessening the hardships” to receive a vaccine and to ease vaccine hesitancy. “We are going with groups on the ground to parks, to swimming pools, to swap meets — anywhere you can think of where we are encouraging people to get vaccinated,” Solis said.
“I just want to caution people that we still have many youngsters under the age of 12, who are not eligible to get vaccinated. So we, as responsible adults, should be taking a proactive approach and making sure that we mask up and that we also get vaccinated as soon as possible,” Solis also told Raddatz [ABC News].