Barger Releases Statement Seeking Re-Evaluation of COVID-19 Masking Policy in LA County

Today, Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger has released the following statement regarding L.A. County’s COVID-19 masking policy.

Masking rules set by the state and county weren’t followed consistently by everyone at yesterday’s NFC Championship.  

Instead, we saw individuals choosing to mask up based on calculated personal risk. Modern stadiums like SoFi Stadium have strong air circulation and all attendees of the game were required to show proof of vaccination or a negative test. Some fans evidently felt this was enough to protect them against COVID-19.

I strongly believe individuals should be allowed to make an informed choice about whether to mask up or not. I hope state and local health leaders take this into consideration and re-evaluate indoor and school masking mandates now.  

Let’s do away with blanket COVID-19 masking policies – they don’t make a difference when they’re not consistently followed or enforced. We need to trust the public to make the best personal decisions for themselves based on their unique risks and circumstances.

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