L.A. County could be days away from a mask mandate. These cities won’t enforce it

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Although Los Angeles County is days away from possibly imposing another universal public indoor mask mandate, several cities within the county say they won’t enforce one if implemented or issue their own.

Officials with the cities of Pasadena, Long Beach and Beverly Hills have come out against a new mask mandate in a spike of COVID-19 cases fueled by the hyper-infectious Omicron subvariants.

“Pasadena Public Health Department has determined that jurisdictional COVID-19 confirmed case rates have declined for about 10 days, and local hospitalization metrics have not continued to increase during that time,” Pasadena health officials said in a Tuesday statement. “The City of Pasadena health officer will not be issuing a general indoor mask mandate at this time.”

The Long Beach Health and Human Services Department released a similar statement Tuesday.

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