Published On: Tue, Jun 22nd, 2021
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Supervisors Quarrel Over COVID-19 Mandates

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The Orange County Board of Supervisors and members of the public sparred June 22 over whether to continue the county’s state of emergency. Supervisors said during the meeting that the money the county receives from the State of California by declaring a state of emergency helps fund its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. “If we were to cancel this health order, it would make no change in people’s lives. The state guidance will still apply,” Do said. “In fact, all we can do is take the risk of shooting ourselves in the foot by being denied funding.” The board voted unanimously to keep its state of emergency status, with Do suggesting the county should lift it when Gov. Gavin Newsom ends California’s state of emergency order. Some residents spoke in opposition of maintaining the county’s state of emergency. “You need to end this ridiculous nonsensical state of emergency. [It] is doing …

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