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.”
Villanueva’s statement comes one day after L.A. county officials announced a new mask mandate for residents in indoor public locations regardless of vaccine status, effective Saturday at 11:59 p.m.
“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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.@lapublichealth has authority to enforce a new mask order, but the underfunded/defunded will not expend our limited resources and instead ask for voluntary compliance. Read my full statement by visiting https://t.co/DVBvmRbFA9 pic.twitter.com/Je1nMerWrO
— Alex Villanueva (@LACoSheriff) July 16, 2021
The controversy-prone lawman is facing an election battle next year—including from inside his own department. https://t.co/PFJBFPAjo2
— Los Angeles Magazine (@LAmag) July 16, 2021
“He came to us basically saying everything that we wanted to hear to get our support and then as soon as he was elected, he turned into a completely different person,” said Jasmyne Cannick, a political consultant who supported Sheriff Villanueva’s campaign https://t.co/qyhLZIIuxe
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) July 13, 2021
Los Angeles International Airport Police Chief Cecil Rhambo announced Monday that he will challenge Sheriff Alex Villanueva in the 2022 election. https://t.co/hfuV5zeDvQ
— FOX 11 Los Angeles (@FOXLA) July 13, 2021