LA county official declares she will not support new mask mandate

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Kathryn Barger, chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, has announced that she will oppose any mask mandates that LA’s Public Health Department plans to reinstate.

Fox New’s Bill Melugin posted an open letter Barger wrote to her constituents on Twitter that said, “I believe masking mandates are polarizing and are unenforceable” and “Imposing a one-size-fits-all masking mandate now for all is not something I can or will support.”

As local news reports, LA county is expected to bring back indoor mask mandates by the end of the week. Officials are citing an increased number of cases and deaths as the cause for the mandate’s return.

Barger, who is Supervisor of LA’s 5th district, said in her letter, “I have not seen any empirical data that conclusively shows that masking mandates make a difference in decreasing or stopping COVID-19 transmission rates.”

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