COVID: Glendale City Council approves policy to issue fine for not wearing mask; $400 for first offense

Other cities enforcing a similar rule include Calabasas, Manhattan Beach, West Hollywood, Santa Monica, and Beverly Hills.
GLENDALE, Calif. (KABC) -- In an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus, the Glendale City Council on Tuesday approved a policy to issue a minimum $400 fine to anyone who does not wear a facial covering in public.

Glendale's face covering order allows businesses to refuse service to any person does not wear a mask or comply with physical distancing. "Businesses must also take all reasonable steps to ensure those in line or entering their business wear face coverings and comply with physical distancing requirements," the city said in a statement.

It also authorizes citations of $400 to individuals and businesses for the first violation, $1,000 for the second and $2,000 for the third.

COVID: Calabasas enacts policy of issuing minimum $100 citation for not wearing mask in public
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The city of Calabasas enacted a policy of issuing citations and fines to people not wearing masks in public.


People exempted from the policy include children under the age of 2, individuals with breathing problems, and anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance.

The enactment of the citation ordinance comes amid a social media campaign by the city that encourages residents to adhere to a number of health guidelines amid the pandemic.

"Don't be a turd, protect the herd. Wear your face covering," says an image tweeted by the city's official Twitter account, showing several animated characters holding a mask, a bottle of hand sanitizer and a thermometer.

Other Southern California cities enforcing a similar rule include Calabasas, Manhattan Beach, West Hollywood, Santa Monica, and Beverly Hills.



In West Hollywood on Thursday, special enforcement teams patrolled the city where there have been the most complaints. Capt. Ed Ramirez with the Los Angles County Sheriff's Department says deputies handed out 14 citations for $300.

Some cities, like Calabasas, are taking a gradual approach and handing out free masks to people who don't have them with a warning of a fine for the next offense.
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