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.