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You Can Now Be Fined Up To $350 For Not Wearing A Mask In Manhattan Beach

By Ashlyn Davis July 17, 2020

Manhattan is the latest city to resort to citations for those that do not comply with the health and safety measure.

As L.A. County continues to see an alarming increase in positive cases, local authorities are taking matters more seriously. Anyone found not wearing a face-covering in Manhattan Beach will be subject to a fine of $100 for the first violation, $200 and $350 for every violation after that.

This emergency order went into effect Wednesday, as California cases reached 365,125 and 7,491 deaths.

“The drastic increase in positive COVID-19 cases in our city and around Los Angeles County have shown us that additional measures must be taken to make it clear to the public that face coverings are essential right now,” Mayor Richard Montgomery said in a statement Thursday. “The time for warnings is over. Face coverings must be worn when you are outside of your home in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

The city’s order states that “all persons shall wear a cloth face covering over both the nose and mouth whenever they leave their place of residence.” However, children younger than 2, those who are hearing impaired or communicating with someone who is, and those with disabilities or medical or mental health conditions that prevent them from wearing masks are exempt.

While masks have been a requirement in L.A. County since May and Newsom ordered the same statewide on June 18, it has been a major source of contention with many objecting to it and some counties refusing to enforce it.

As of Thursday, there had been 217 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Manhattan Beach and four deaths, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The City of Manhattan Beach joins other cities such as West Hollywood, Santa Monica and Beverly Hills in enforcing the order with citations.

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