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California Beach Town Hires Private Patrols to Enforce Mask Wearing

Have California officials lost their minds?

By Katy Grimes, August 10, 2020 8:04 am

Hermosa Beach officials announced plans to use a private consulting firm to help police enforce mandatory face coverings in public areas, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday – even as hospitalizations continue to decline.

Think about this – a beach town, where residents and visitors are outdoors, is requiring everyone to cover their faces with a mask. There is no mask law – for a law to be created, it first must be in the form of legislation, passed by both houses of the Legislature, and then signed into law by the Governor.

The official website for Hermosa Beach posted information from the CDC about mask wearing:

  • Masks may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others.
  • Masks are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings.

Notice the wording: Masks “may help,” and masks are “most likely” to reduce the spread of COVID-19… and this is from the Center for Disease Control.

The California Department of Public Health shows that there have been 8,826,119 COVID-19 tests conducted in California, out of the 40 million state residents.

There are 554,160 positive tests of the 8.8 million administered, and 10,293 COVID-19-related deaths in California in the eight months since the coronavirus was acknowledged.

That leaves 8,271,958 of the 8,826,119 tested, negative for COVID-19.

“L.A. County’s total cases climbed to 206,761 Saturday while the death toll inched closer to the grim milestone of 5,000, climbing to 4,967 fatalities,” the Los Angeles Daily News reported. “Officials corrected past totals Saturday, reporting that 51 cases and two deaths reported earlier were not indeed L.A. County residents.”

Los Angeles County has a population of 10,079,000 residents. Deaths in LA County total 4,685. The City of Hermosa Beach, with 19,203 residents, has 160 “cases,” and 2 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

California Globe recently spoke with a physician who said the mask mandate misses the mark on several scientific levels. He explained that he’d buy into it if there was actual mask science being used.

He explained the difference between the masks:

Surgical masks: a loose-fitting, disposable device that creates a physical barrier between the mouth and nose of the wearer and potential contaminants in the immediate environment, the FDA explains. “While a surgical mask may be effective in blocking splashes and large-particle droplets, a face mask, by design, does not filter or block very small particles in the air that may be transmitted by coughs, sneezes, or certain medical procedures. Surgical masks also do not provide complete protection from germs and other contaminants because of the loose fit between the surface of the mask and your face.

Surgical masks are not intended to be used more than once.”

N95: An N95 respirator is a respiratory protective device designed to achieve a very close facial fit and very efficient filtration of airborne particles. Note that the edges of the respirator are designed to form a seal around the nose and mouth. Surgical N95 Respirators are commonly used in healthcare settings and are a subset of N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators (FFRs), often referred to as N95s.

The similarities among surgical masks and surgical N95s are:

  • They are tested for fluid resistance, filtration efficiency (particulate filtration efficiency and bacterial filtration efficiency), flammability and biocompatibility.
  • They should not be shared or reused.

Antiviral Face Mask: the most common non-surgical disposable face available for the general public. The FDA says these masks may not provide protection from fluids or may not filter particles, needed to protect against pathogens, such as viruses. They are not for surgical use and are not considered personal protective equipment.

Cloth face mask: not intended to provide liquid barrier protection. The cloth masks mostly makes people feel better by wearing one.

Notably, the FDA says masks cannot make any claims to meet a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) filtration efficiency standard. Such claims can only be made for a respirator, when the respirator meets a specified filtration efficiency.

With the crime rate escalating in Los Angeles County, and exploding homeless transients living on Southern California streets, the Hermosa City Council may have overplayed their hand on this ludicrous order.

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13 thoughts on “California Beach Town Hires Private Patrols to Enforce Mask Wearing

  1. Another commenter – regretfully I didn’t make note of his name – pointed out that expecting any of these masks to stop a virus is like expecting a chain link fence to stop mosquitoes.

    That sums up all this mask madness beautifully. Fortunately, in the case of Hermosa, this sop to the too-vocal and quarter-educated hysterics and phobics only applies to the immediate area around the Pier Plaza. Knowing the otherwise affable (and extremely healthy) beach crowd, there will also doubtless be a good deal of civil disobedience. Any fines will remain unpaid. And come November, at least some of the City Council that voted for this nonsense will be voted out, Ditto the Police Chief if he goes along with this idiocy in more than a token fashion.

    Just a thought.

    VicB3

    1. They probably hired private patrols because the Los Angeles Sheriff refuses to enforce mask mandates at the beach.

      Illegal alien? you get Medicaid and food stamps

      no mask? you get fined and possibly arrested

      sanctuary state

  2. Pretty funny nonsense from another uneducated and uninformed city government . A “consulting firm,” really? If it’s not the police, who’s going to pay any attention to them? It sounds like the old line from police not carrying weapons in England: “Stop! Or I’ll yell stop again!”

  3. This is beyond insane and it seems to me we can’t have enough articles about this to point up the lies and absurdity of wearing these frickin MASKS! And in the open air of a constant sea breeze!

    It’s so sad what has happened to these Southern California beach towns (not all); it’s like a nightmare when I think about how wonderful they were when I was a kid. Their councils have since been infiltrated by monsters with human faces and nice, calm, robotic explanations for every ridiculous thing they do. Are their populations/voters also monsters? I know the makeup of such spots has changed but I wonder. Probably just ignorant. Or there is very low voter turnout from an uninvolved populace as in other places. I think low voter turnout explains a lot of the crazy results we see in city elections. Also probably too many people who work for the city or otherwise have a stake in what the councils are up to and they make darn sure THEY vote. Mix in some likely voter fraud and you have Hermosa Beach (et al) Madness in 2020.

  4. am sure Hermosa Beach officials are getting some kickback from that private consulting firm.

    If not am sure Biden can help them understand how kickbacks work as he has two mega deals with Ukraine and China

  5. I hope that the movement to defund police and replace them with “social workers” doesn’t mean that these social workers will be given police powers to enforce all sorts of oppressive new municipal ordinances — for example, they can remove your right to occupy your home (plus can shut off your water and electricity) if you have a party where several people aren’t wearing masks. To get your “certificate of occupancy” back you will then how to pay huge fines to the city. So much for property rights and the idea that “your home is your castle.” In fact, your home, will now belong to the State to house the mentally ill and homeless rent free. If you think this can’t happen, remember we are under a permanent “State of Emergency” and the courts are closed.

  6. The politics of fear and societal disruption, brought to you courtesy of the Democrat party and communicated via their media cohorts, all done to disrupt the economy and make people so miserable that they would even CONSIDER voting for Old Joe, in a desperate bid to recapture the “good old days” of Obama….

    This is all just political theater, but has significant economic implications for small business owners….

    STOP VOTING DEMOCRAT, people…. they’re power-mad, suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome & probably in cahoots with the CCP & their bioweapon virus…. (why else would they stonewall like they did while their infected citizens returned back to their country of residence)

  7. The CA govt. is full of Commie Fascists who are trying to control the population and interfere with all law-abiding residents’ Constitutional Freedoms and Civil Rights while they release prisoners and allow rioters to run wild.

  8. This is on the CDC site https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/26/5/19-0994_article

    Disposable medical masks (also known as surgical masks) are loose-fitting devices that were designed to be worn by medical personnel to protect accidental contamination of patient wounds, and to protect the wearer against splashes or sprays of bodily fluids.

    We found no significant reduction in influenza transmission with the use of face mask.

    None of the household studies reported a significant reduction in secondary laboratory-confirmed influenza virus infections in the face mask group.

    There is limited evidence for their effectiveness in preventing influenza virus transmission either when worn by the infected person for source control or when worn by uninfected persons to reduce exposure. Our systematic review found no significant effect of face masks on transmission of laboratory-confirmed influenza.

  9. Not only is mask wearing not a law these private patrols are not law enforcement. What are they going to do if you don’t comply and wear a mask to protect you from the clean, fresh sea breeze?

  10. I vote with my wallet. Used to go to Hermosa a couple of times a month to have lunch and visit some stores. Hermosa can do without my $$ until this buffoonery is over. By the way, so can Manhattan Beach. Same nanny government people. Unfortunately for them, I don’t bleat.

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