Revised Mandatory Face Covering Health Order with Teeth Issued by Inyo County PHO

Many feel that the revised universal face covering health order with regulatory teeth is long overdue. The hope was that the public would, if not out of respect for the law (and it does have the force of law), wear face coverings out of consideration for the health and safety of others or, if nothing else, common courtesy and civic responsibility.

The lack of enforcement of health orders is a problem seen across the state and across the country. Action,  Sadly, without consequences and enforcement, many have chosen to not take the order seriously.

With the rapid upsurge in COVID-19 cases throughout the state, added to many complaints from the public to law enforcement and public health agencies over the lack of enforcement, action is finally being taken by Inyo County. The county hopes to first use positive persuasion, and then, if that doesn’t work, consequences that could result in a business being ordered closed and/or fined can follow. Non-compliance can result in being fined, incarcerated or both.

Inyo County Public Health Officer, Dr. James Richardson, has issued the following, revised health order concerning the wearing of face masks/face coverings:

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JKB
JKB
2 years ago

In the large cities the second lock down is causing small businesses to close permanently, All these business owners are blaming the virus spread on selfish people that did not take the virus seriously and would not wear masks .The business owners blame them for destroying the economy and their… Read more »

Good bye
Good bye
2 years ago

Why are travelers still welcome in campgrounds and hotels that have been the majority of the problem. Seems like they are making the case easy to close them

Rick B
Rick B
2 years ago

Will not comply and the sheriff is very smart not to enforce. An order by one person is not a law. The DA also knows that he could not find a jury to convict.

Steve
Steve
2 years ago
Reply to  Rick B

And this is why we can’t beat Covid. There’s too much pride.

David Dennison
David Dennison
2 years ago
Reply to  Steve

Steve It’s not “pride” It’s more doing as they’re being told to do by who they support politically. If trump were to start wearing a mask,and telling his supporters to wear one,taking it serious and not so nonchalant about the virus,believing it’s a problem that isn’t “just going to go… Read more »

eric h.
eric h.
2 years ago
Reply to  Steve

I agree with your first sentence but I think you’re being generous when you call it pride.

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
2 years ago
Reply to  Rick B

Very selfish.

If you’re unwilling to contribute to the effort to slow the spread of this virus please just stay at home 24/7.

Tourbillon
Tourbillon
2 years ago

It might as easily be said that you should “just stay home 24/7” if you prefer to live in fear of a virus with a mortality rate that continues to decrease toward that of the ordinary flu per latest CDC statistics. And those statistics assume no one is immune, contrary… Read more »

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
2 years ago
Reply to  Tourbillon

What I’d “prefer” is for all of us to get back to normal sooner rather than later. That’s why I’m willing to follow the simple guidelines established by the many public health experts throughout our country. You can and others can discount the actual experts all you like. But continue… Read more »

erik simpson
erik simpson
2 years ago
Reply to  Tourbillon

It’s not as though anybody will accuse you of cowardice for wearing a mask, but you give pretty good reason for anyone who wants to be careful to be afraid of you.

Stop non-essential travel
Stop non-essential travel
2 years ago
Reply to  Tourbillon

which specific class of T-cells are these studies citing?

Pedro
Pedro
2 years ago
Reply to  Tourbillon

Tourbillogical, Yet other German studies show 1.3% immunity for their overall population, and some studies are showing immunity doesn’t last. So you’re cherry picking to support your position like some public health officials with CYA attitudes. Most of these studies are limited in scope and the researchers aren’t claiming they… Read more »

anon e. moose
anon e. moose
2 years ago
Reply to  Rick B

It is the law. If I were on the jury I’d convict you, in fact I would give you the death penalty for endangering other.. oh wait, you already are getting it by not wearing a mask. Nevermind.

Philip Anaya
Philip Anaya
2 years ago

Everyone’s future is tied to the covid pandemic. Whether you are young or old it is a simple act of community to wear the mask. It is not rocket science . It is the one most important primary things, maybe the only thing , we can do to keep our… Read more »

VillageWitch
VillageWitch
2 years ago

Well I see Dr. Richardson is alive and well after all. I was wondering if Inyo County even had a Public Health Officer anymore. Thank goodness for Mono County and Dr. Boo for keeping Inyo citizens informed.

Sardude
Sardude
2 years ago

When is the Public Health Officers next election?

Charles James
2 years ago
Reply to  Sardude

Public Health Officers in California are appointed by local governments; they are not elected. The Brief Overview, Understanding County Health Services in California, from the Institute for Local Government, might be helpful.

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
2 years ago
Reply to  Sardude

I’ll take this as a sarcastic question. Is that really what you want, our public health and other governmental experts to fall under the same political pressures as our elected officials? I don’t. I would rather our experts give us their guidance and honest opinions without regard to politics or… Read more »

Donald Salac
Donald Salac
2 years ago

common courtesy and civic responsibility
A thing of the past.

John Calhoun
John Calhoun
2 years ago

It is my opinion that threats of punishment and or imprisonment by Richardson will only challenge the public’s right to freedom of choice. It certainly does irritate me. Some of his criteria are poorly defined. An example : Item 1 what is an “enclosed open space”? Must I now carry… Read more »

VillageWitch
VillageWitch
2 years ago
Reply to  John Calhoun

If that’s what it takes you to maintain a 6 foot distance from others, then yes John, you need to not only carry that tape measure but know how to use it also.

Dee
Dee
2 years ago
Reply to  VillageWitch

It’s not about your ludicrous false perception about anyone’s ego, power. To proclaim one’s confidence makes it OK to put others at risk is in the realm of the absurd. It’s about public health and safety measures during a global pandemic. Nothing more or less. Your rhetoric is reckless, misinformed… Read more »

Stop non-essential travel
Stop non-essential travel
2 years ago
Reply to  John Calhoun

Troll.

eric h.
eric h.
2 years ago
Reply to  John Calhoun

Here’s a novel thought, quit whining and put on the mask. And then guess what, all your worries will be gone. Now wasn’t that easy?

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
2 years ago

Thank you to vast majority out there who’ve been willing to step up and do the right thing without the threat of fine or imprisonment.

Inyo K
Inyo K
2 years ago

Maybe this will put an end to certain local businesses encouraging people not to wear masks.

Steve
Steve
2 years ago

Do we have the jail space needed to house all of the tourists that are not going to comply?