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California’s mask mandate ends. Did Orange County ever follow it?

Voice of OC, Feb. 15, 2022

February 15, 2022

California’s mask mandate ends. Did Orange County ever follow it?

But how well OC dealt with the mask mandate is unclear with county public health officials largely taking a hands off approach to enforcement. “The fact of the matter is that on the ground, people are not always following these mandates and I think stores and whatnot are increasingly loath to enforce them,” UC Irvine epidemiologist [and associate professor of public health] Andrew Noymer said in a Thursday phone interview. “Enforcement is really the crux of it all.” … Noymer emphasized even with masks dropping, people can and should wear masks.