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L.A. County sheriff won’t enforce mask mandate because it is “not backed by science”


By Erin Doherty

July 17, 2021

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Friday that his department would not enforce an L.A. County mask order, saying it is “not backed by science.”

Driving the news: Villanueva’s statement comes one day after L.A. county officials announceda new mask mandate for residents in indoor public locations regardless of vaccine status, effective Saturday at 11:59 p.m.

What he’s saying: “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,” Villanueva said in a statement.

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