Beverly Hills’ Democratic mayor appears on Fox & Friends to slam LA’s looming indoor mask mandate and says the city will NOT enforce it
- Three-term mayor Lili Bosse revealed that she won’t be dispatching officers in her city to police indoor mask wearing
- The Democrat told Fox & Friends that people should have a choice when it comes to mask wearing as we’ve ‘learned a lot from 2020’
- The mayor said forcing people to wear masks was a ‘function of enforcement’ and there are ‘more important issues’ to be tackling now, two years after the beginning of the pandemic
Beverly Hills’ Democratic mayor has appeared on Fox & Friends to slam Los Angeles‘ looming indoor mask mandate and stood firm that her city will NOT enforce it.
Three-term mayor Lili Bosse revealed that she won’t be dispatching officers in her city to police indoor mask wearing if the state reimposes the coronavirus restriction because she believes in ‘the power of choice.’
She previously struck down the possibility of enforcing an indoor mask mandate, and the council, led by herself, voted unanimously to not deploy resources.
The mayor also said that forcing people to wear masks was a ‘function of enforcement’ and there are ‘more important issues’ to be tackling now, two years after the beginning of the pandemic.
Speaking on Fox & Friends this morning, Bosse said: ‘I very much believe in the power of choice, I think we’ve learnt a lot since 2020, and I also think it became a function of enforcement.
Beverly Hills Democrat mayor Lili Bosse (pictured) told Fox & Friends that her city will not be enforcing an indoor mask mandate if LA County makes it mandatory
Two people pictured wearing face coverings on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California, in May 2020
‘We have more important issues to enforce, in my opinion and in the council’s opinion, regarding mental wellness checks for the unhoused, keeping the streets in the parks safe.
‘Basically there’s no judgment. If somebody wants to wear a mask, wear a mask. If you feel vulnerable wear a mask and if you don’t want to wear a mask, don’t wear a mask.
‘Beverly Hills is under LA county public health rules, but we in Beverly Hills don’t have to use our enforcement to enforce it. So if LA County puts downs this mandate, we felt they can go out and enforce it.’
According to LA County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, if the area sees a high Covid-19 community level and stays there for two weeks in a row, they will reinstate an indoor mask mandate.
A ‘high’ level is determined if there are at least 10 new weekly coronavirus-positive hospitalizations for every 100,000 residents.
With the current figures, this means that the face covering mandate could be implemented as early as Friday.
Ferrer said earlier this week: ‘It is my fervent hope that this current surge will abate soon, but, in the meantime, I ask everyone to be cautious and take care of each other, and I thank the many who are doing all they can do to slow the spread.’
Pre-emptively going against any mask mandate, Bosse previously stated: ‘I feel it is our job to lead, and I support the power of choice.
‘Our job is to be proactive and public about what we believe. This is a united City Council and community that cares about health.
‘We are not where we were in 2020, and now we need to move forward as a community and be part of the solution.’
This comes after New York City health officials pushed for face masks to be worn in all indoor areas and in crowds amid rising Covid cases earlier this month.
Health chiefs reminded residents of the guidance and recommended that they use a high quality N95 mask.
All five of New York’s boroughs were in the ‘high’ alert level for Covid at the beginning of July, meaning masks are recommended.
It comes amid the arrival of Omicron variants BA.4 and BA.5 which experts fear will spark a surge in infections across the United States.
If the area sees a high Covid-19 community level and stays there for two weeks in a row, they will reinstate an indoor mask mandate, according to LA County Public Health Director
A couple wore masks as they took wedding photos outside the Beverly Hills City Hall, in October 27, 2020