Inyo Supes Frustrated with Calif’s 2nd COVID-19 Shutdown | Enforcement of masks and face coverings

At Tuesday’s July 14, Inyo County Board of Supervisors meeting, the frustration was evident as the county is forced to roll back on reopening plans because of the latest state OVID-19 revised public health orders issued on Monday, July 13. It’s a frustration shared by many business owners and many residents alike. At the same time, it  has to be acknowledged that there was no way public officials in the county, the state, and across the country could not know this was coming given the massive upswing in COVID-19 cases.

HHS Director, Marilyn Mann, explained that the governor’s order essentially turns back the clock in all of the state’s counties, forcing the closures, once again, of some business activities which had been allowed to take place again indoors, but must now re-institute some closures of those indoor activities.

The list of closures includes dine-in restaurants, indoor wineries and tasting rooms, indoor movie theaters, indoor family entertainment centers, indoor zoos and museums, and indoor card rooms It also requires bars, breweries, brewpubs, and pubs to cease all operations unless they are offering sit-down meals outdoors and only serve alcohol as part of a meal.

Mann said the new modified order came as the result of the state monitoring statewide metrics. The metrics began noticing rapidly increasing rates of positive cases of COVID-19 in comparison to the number of tests being conducted. There were also more hospitalizations and increased ICU populations caused by COVID-19 evident.

“There is no deadline set for the latest state mandate,” said Mann, going on to say, “…it would likely continue in place until the metrics based on COVID19 activity improved and stay improved.”

Thirty counties, which thankfully do not include Inyo or Mono counties, face even stricter shutdowns. The closures for those other counties’ include: shutting down gyms and fitness centers, places of worship and personal care services, such as hair salons and barbershops, and indoor protests and malls.

Mann said, “Because Inyo County is not on the ‘monitored’ list, we still have our ability to keep as much of our businesses open as possible.”

Fifth District Supervisor and current Board Chairman, Matt Kingsley, voiced his clear frustration and concern for the Inyo County businesses that followed public health guidelines noting that “our businesses struggled to reopen, only to now find that they are in as sense being ‘punished’ for it.”

Mann agreed, saying, “It was very difficult to hear this news yesterday in light of how hard our business industries have been working, and how so many of our businesses have been proactively trying to ensure compliance.

While we do have periodic complaints about businesses, by and large, most of our businesses have taken the challenge and have really stepped to the plate to try and make sure that we are successful and I just want to applaud them.”

Ironically, Monday’s new state public health order mandate took place just as the Inyo County Public Health Department released a revised local public masking order to incorporate the California Department of Public Health guidance in clarifying that Inyo County businesses are responsible to adhere to, and ensure their employees and customers are following, the mandatory face covering guidance.

The order goes on to say, “All businesses and indoor facilities shall strictly enforce the face covering requirements of this order with respect to their employees, contractors, customers, visitors, and volunteers while they are on the business or facility premises and shall refuse admission and service to any person who fails or refuses to wear facial coverings on the premises in full compliance with this order.

A “critical reminder” came with the latest public health order from both the state and the county that “Failure to comply with health officer orders places individuals and the community at increased risk of infection. Violation of health officer orders may also result in a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment, fine, or both (Health and Safety Code 120295).”

According to Mann, the new modified health order was updated and reissued because local businesses were confused over their role in enforcing and ensuring compliance with cloth face coverings being worn by their customers. That is now much, much clearer, as is the fact that non-compliance will have consequences to businesses that fail to enforce the mask/face covering mandate.

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10 Responses to Inyo Supes Frustrated with Calif’s 2nd COVID-19 Shutdown | Enforcement of masks and face coverings

  1. Scott August 4, 2020 at 5:32 am #

    People are just ignorant & we have to suffer because of it. Wear a d*mn mask people !!!

  2. Scott August 4, 2020 at 5:31 am #

    People are just ignorant & we have to suffer because of it. Wear a d*mn mask people !!!

  3. JKB July 19, 2020 at 7:52 am #

    So…the 143,000 young and old deceased Americans from covid19, and the millions + millions of infections worldwide, happened because of the November 4th election and this will all be over then, really? Do you listen to yourself?

  4. Concerned Citizen July 18, 2020 at 12:13 pm #

    So why is Bishop Twin Theatre still open. Are they getting special treatment from Inyo County?

    • Mono Person July 19, 2020 at 7:17 pm #

      Why don’t you leave them alone, Karen!

  5. VillageWitch July 17, 2020 at 2:27 pm #

    Yes it’s frustrating for everyone. Not just small businesses and Inyo Supes! Unfortunately being frustrated and inconvenienced doesn’t solve any of Inyo’s problems relating to this virus. So step up and stop whining and provide better and more available testing, close non essential businesses and campgrounds and be a leader and get us through this pandemic. Stop letting the push and pull of politics influence your decisions and if you can’t please do what’s best for Inyo County and step down. Citizens first!

  6. Art La Cues July 17, 2020 at 2:20 pm #

    Charles, thanks for the great reporting I rely on your in depth coverage of what’s happening in Into county. Insofar as the supervisors are concerned. they should direct their anger and frustration at locals and travellers who don’t follow the mask and social distancing regulations established by both the state and county. With the unprecedented number of tourists speeding at breakneck speed up 395, and their frequent ignoring of the mask requirement as well as some businesses and locals ignoring same, Inyo county may be next on the watch list!

    • Eastside Local July 18, 2020 at 11:03 am #

      Of course theres a deadline for when this ends, November 4th.

  7. big dice mcgee July 17, 2020 at 1:50 pm #

    Reap what you sow. How did that early opener work out for the opener?

  8. JaneE July 17, 2020 at 6:36 am #

    It may be frustrating, but considering the daily number of new cases is higher than it has ever been, hardly surprising. When the state guidelines for reopening were set up they were explicit that there were metrics that had to be met and if the metrics were no longer met the reopening would be reversed. At least Inyo is not on the watch list. Even so, our number of cases has doubled from where they were at the last shut down.

    It really is a shame that some people consider their inconvenience worth more than someone else’s life. It is even more of a shame when they berate employees for doing their job and asking people to wear masks, or throw temper tantrums more appropriate to two year olds. Now businesses all over the state are closed again. Good job, people.


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