It’s Getting More Expensive to Be a ‘Maskhole’ in West Hollywood

There are signs that the COVID-19 pandemic’s surge across Los Angeles County has slowed down, with the number of new coronavirus cases, deaths and hospitalizations declining in recent weeks.

But that doesn’t mean it’s time to take that mask off. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has expressed concern that things will be especially risky this Labor Day weekend, with some people likely to get together to party without maintaining the social distancing and wearing the face coverings that are proven to reduce the risk of infection with the deadly virus. (And the video below, posted on the North Kings Road Facebook page, shows it’s not just party people who put others at risk. One member of the North Kings Road Facebook group has identified this couple, who are standing outside Salt & Straw on the northeast corner of Santa Monica and Robertson boulevards, as her neighbors.)

In West Hollywood, the Sheriff’s Station has stepped up its enforcement of the city’s requirement that face coverings be worn when you are out in public.  Sheriff’s deputies initially focused on warning people who weren’t wearing masks that they needed to (and providing masks to those who needed them, including the homeless.)  But now that we are well into the pandemic, with no clear sign that it will end, deputies have begun issuing citations.

Since July 17, deputies at the West Hollywood Station have issued a total of 70 citations to people who are out in public in West Hollywood and not wearing face coverings. Those citations come with a $250 fine and an additional $50 administrative fee. That means failing to wear a mask (which can be purchased for less than $5) can cost you $300.

Face coverings are not required for children under the age of two. Children who are two to eight years old should only wear face coverings with adult supervision; and people with certain medical conditions are exempt from this requirement. Public health officials recommend cloth face coverings so that medical-grade and N95 masks may be prioritized in the supply chain for healthcare workers and first responders.

The virus can be spread through invisible droplets in the air that come from an infected person who sneezes, coughs, sings, laughs or talks. Face coverings not only reduce the chance that you will inhale a virus from an infected person, they also reduce the chance that you might spread the virus. (And it’s important to note that many people who are infected, and thus infectious, aren’t aware of it for days.)

The City of West Hollywood has promoted the wearing of face coverings with an “in your face” campaign that calls out what are now known as “mask holes.” That campaign is on social media channels like Facebook. The city also has created banners to hang from utility poles and yard signs to spread the message.

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Vigilant
Vigilant
1 month ago
WehoFan
WehoFan
1 month ago

Hank- Why does Wehoville filter comments that go against your views?

Last edited 1 month ago by WehoFan
Henry E. (Hank) Scott
Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  WehoFan

WEHOville moderates all comments, and they aren’t moderated for the opinions they express. Different points of view are not only welcome, but encouraged. However, the commenter must focus on the issue and not criticize or attack other commenters. Comments also cannot contain racist, sexist, or other bigoted remarks or profanity. And they cannot cite as “facts” things are are not true.

WehoFan
WehoFan
1 month ago

Thanks for clarifying and for providing a useful forum for Weho.

Ione
Ione
1 month ago

These two do nothing but wander the streets looking for attention and confrontation. The guy carries around a camera with telephoto lens. From what I’ve heard they’re teachers and not photojournalist.

Alex Gerstenzang
Alex Gerstenzang
1 month ago

“Every” night in front of Zinque about 300 steps from Sheriff’s station – people standing to get in – no masks –

Vigilant
Vigilant
1 month ago

They have no respect for others because they have no self respect.
Emblematic of Melania, her jacket and her husband. ” I don’t care, do you? “……Zinque patrons and apparently proud of it.

Henehan Joan
Henehan Joan
1 month ago

Yes, even tourists must observe the masking directive!

WehoFan
WehoFan
1 month ago

Wehoville – Please focus on how the city plans to protect businesses from the riots that will “spontaneously” occur after the election.

Last edited 1 month ago by WehoFan
Michael Grace
Michael Grace
1 month ago
Reply to  WehoFan

Don’t count on much support. The city council claims they aren’t riots but demonstrations. Get a gun. Protect yourself.

CVS at 8000 Sunset has already been putting up plywood again in preparation.

WeHoMikey
WeHoMikey
1 month ago
Reply to  Michael Grace

Michael – CVS at 8000 Sunset is in Los Angeles, not West Hollywood.

Michael Grace
Michael Grace
1 month ago
Reply to  WeHoMikey

CVS is 30 yards from West Hollywood. The border is right behind 8000 Sunset. That’s WEHO. I’m sure CVS will be boarded up at La Cienega and Santa Monica Boulevard. So if there’s going to be riots, say election night, do you think all these rioters aka demonstrators are going to give a flying f–k on where West Hollywood is located. And just down the street from Sunset on Laurel is where Ed Buck ran his Meth Lab for 2 & 1/2 years and the racist WEHO City Council did nothing about it. West Hollywood is now becoming one great… Read more »

Henry E. (Hank) Scott
Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Michael Grace

That CVS is boarded up because of construction inside the store, just as the CVS at the northeast corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and La Cienega Boulevard was boarded up for a while. The construction is almost finished at that location.

WehoFan
WehoFan
1 month ago

Sadly there will be many broken windows on election night.

greeneyedboy
greeneyedboy
1 month ago
Reply to  WehoFan

Are you a time traveler?

WehoFan
WehoFan
1 month ago
Reply to  greeneyedboy

Weho businesses were burned and looted in May. Forgot already?

WeHoldTheseTruths
WeHoldTheseTruths
1 month ago

Are they issuing citations to the homeless as well or just law-abiding taxpayers who have to pay?

Josh Kurpies
Josh Kurpies
1 month ago

This question couldn’t be more flawed.. 1) Its premise implies “homeless” = law-beaking, while “housed” = law-abiding. 2) Its premise implies “homeless” don’t pay taxes. While their income may be less and their buying power not as great as someone who is housed, their legal duty to pay taxes doesn’t go away. 3) “Law-abiding” is defined as “obedient to the laws of society”. Since the requirement of wearing a face covering is a valid Public Health Officer Order, it is legally binding and not wearing one is a violation of the law. A person of “law-abiding” actions or character would… Read more »

WehoFan
WehoFan
1 month ago
Reply to  Josh Kurpies

Weho only targets people they believe will pay the fines. That is wrong.

Jimmy Palmieri
Jimmy Palmieri
1 month ago
Reply to  Josh Kurpies

Agreed Josh. From what I understand, and don’t quote me, but also there are exceptions for those who may be mentally challenged. I know that some housing challenged folks may suffer from some form of mental illness. I have taken to being pro-active in my own care. If I see a #Maskhole, I do a Linda Blair and turn my head as far around as I can, walk in the street or face the opposite way until they pass. I do not engage with ANYONE not wearing a mask,. Since they seemingly do not care for humanity and prevention of… Read more »

Nate
Nate
1 month ago

Don’t be silly…homeless are above the law in the great state of CA. That’s why they travel across the country to be here.