Published On: Sun, Jul 18th, 2021

LA County Supervisor Defends New Mask Mandate: ‘It’s Not Punishment, It’s Prevention’

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Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda Solis spoke in defense of the newly reinstated countywide mask mandate on July 18, calling it unpleasant but necessary. The new mandate, which went into effect one minute before midnight on July 17, requires all residents to wear masks in indoor public spaces, regardless of whether they’ve been vaccinated against the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, which causes COVID-19. According to the county’s public health department, the mandate is meant to counter a rising transmission rate from the Delta variant of the virus, as well as an “intermingling of unmasked individuals where vaccination status is unknown.” “I would say that it’s not punishment, it’s prevention,” Solis said on ABC’s “This Week.” “I’m not pleased that we have to go back to using the masks in this matter, but, nonetheless, it’s going to save lives. And right now, that to me, is what’s most …

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