WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KABC) — Authorities in Santa Monica and West Hollywood have announced new fines and other enforcement measures to crack down on people who don’t wear face coverings in public.
Santa Monica amended its emergency declaration to authorize fines of $100, $250 or $500 for people who refuse to wear face coverings where required. Businesses that violate health protocols can face fines of $500, $750 or $1,000.
Businesses are also authorized to refuse service to any individual who does not wear a face covering or who fails to comply with social distancing.
“As public health experts have shared widely this week, we are in a dangerous period with dramatic increases in cases and hospitalizations,” said Interim City Manager Lane Dilg. “Face coverings are essential”
Coronavirus updates: Washington reports record-high number of new COVID-19 cases
Businesses will be required to turn away customers if they’re not wearing masks starting July 7
3 new deaths and 716 new cases reported Thursday in Washington.
TOTAL: 1,342 deaths among 34,151 overall cases in Washington state.
584,989 people in Washington have taken a test for coronavirus and 5.8% of those tests have been positive, according to the state Department of Health.