LOS ANGELES - With cases of the coronavirus climbing across the U.S., many states have issued statewide mask mandates, including California. Despite the statewide order, more local governments have enacted their own mask ordinances where residents could face fines for not covering their faces in public.
In the city of Beverly Hills, the penalty for not wearing a face covering is an administrative citation, which carries a fine of $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second offense and $500 for the third and subsequent offenses. Officials with the city told FOX 11's Hal Eisner that there have been 42 citations issued this week alone.
Officials with the city of Calabasas said you can be ticketed for not wearing a face covering in public and the first offense will cost you $100 and the fines go up for repeat offenders. "Remember, when you leave your home, take a mask with you," the city wrote.
The Claremont City Council approved fines for people not wearing masks. First-time offenders will be warned and offered a mask before being issued a citation for refusing to wear a mask. After that, fines start at $100 for the first offense and up to $500 for multiple citations.
The city of Compton is requiring residents to wear face coverings in public. After a written warning for the first violation, the city will impose fines of $500 for a second violation, $750 for a third violation, and $1,000 for a fourth violation.
City officials in Costa Mesa warn that if residents don't begin wearing face coverings in public, the city may begin imposing fines. “We are begging you, wear your face masks,” said Mayor Katrina Foley. “This is no big deal. It is a simple face covering but it will save people’s lives." Those who refuse to wear a face-covering may be fined $100 and the fines go up for repeat offenders.
If you're caught without a mask in the city of Glendale, it could cost you big. The fine for a first offense is $400, a second offense is $1,000 and a third would cost you $2,000. However, city officials said they haven't issued any citations just yet, they said their main goal is to educate people rather than issuing citations.
Beginning August 8, the city of Hermosa Beach will begin to enforce a new mask ordinance requiring residents to wear face coverings anytime they are in the more crowded parts of the city. The urgency ordinance requires face coverings at all times in downtown Hermosa Beach, Pier Plaza, all city parks, the Strand, Greenbelt and on the beach when out of the water.
Fines for violating the face mask requirements are $100 for the first offense, $200 for a second offense and $500 for all subsequent offenses within a 12-month period.
The city of Manhattan Beach issued an emergency order July 15 strengthening the requirement to wear a face covering when in public, and setting penalties for those who do not comply with the order. The order authorizes administrative citations for failing to wear a face-covering with fines of $100 for the first violation, $200 for a second violation, and $350 for each subsequent violation.
The city of Santa Monica authorized administrative citations for failing to wear face coverings, for individuals, as $100 for a first violation, $250 for a second violation, and $500 for a third violation. For businesses, the administrative citations are $500 for a first violation, $750 for a second violation, and $1,000 for a third violation.
Refusing to wear a face covering in West Hollywood could cost you $300 in fines and fees. City officials announced that Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies with the West Hollywood station would be issuing a $250 fine and $50 fee for first-time offenders.
On June 18, the California Department of Public Health issued new guidelines mandating face coverings in most situations while indoors, but also outside when a person cannot maintain six feet of social distance.
There are exemptions that include children age two and younger because of the risk of suffocation, and for people with a variety of medical or psychological issues that make mask-wearing a hazard.
The use of face coverings is believed to help slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus, without knowing it, from transmitting it to others.