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Column: People still not wearing masks? Maybe it’s time to start enforcing the order

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Do we care about stopping this disease or don’t we?

It’s been more than six weeks since the city of L.A. issued an emergency order requiring Angelenos to wear masks when they leave their homes. The county issued a similar mandate, and two weeks ago Gov. Gavin Newsom followed up with a statewide requirement.

Yet many Angelenos still stubbornly refuse to take this simple, lifesaving step. Meanwhile COVID-19 cases are surging to new heights.

Public officials have been begging and pleading for compliance. Isn’t it time they moved to Plan B and enforced the rules?

We’ve all seen how many people aren’t complying. Last week, I walked down Larchmont Boulevard in Hancock Park counting. Most people were wearing masks. But in 10 minutes, I saw 18 people on two city blocks who were not, and all of them were walking within six feet of other people. That doesn’t count the people who were sitting at outdoor tables eating or drinking without masks.

All over town, I’ve seen police officers — also not wearing masks — standing by, watching and doing nothing about people violating the emergency........

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