West Hollywood Sheriff Deputies have issued 70 administrative citations to individuals who were not in compliance with the Los Angeles County Order to wear a mask or face covering while out in public in the city of West Hollywood.
“We have issued 70 Administrative Citations for people not in compliance with the order to wear a face cover/mask,” Lieutenant William Moulder, of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station stated via an email to WEHO TIMES. “We have conducted numerous enforcement operations with our Special Teams (COPPS Team and EPT Team). Additionally, during our Teams’ regular duties, they conduct face cover/mask enforcement. The City of West Hollywood has also launched a communications campaign with signage around the City about wearing a face cover/mask and information on their website about the importance of wearing a face cover/mask.”
The City of West Hollywood announced that it would start fining individuals who did not wear face coverings back in June.
On Thursday, July 16, West Hollywood Sheriff’s CIT Teams (COPPS and EPT) conducted a face cover/mask enforcement operation. Deputies fined eight individuals in Plummer Park and four others in other areas of the City, for a total of twelve cites. Each individual cited was given a mask. This is the fourth Mask / Face Cover Operation WeHo deputies have conducted and will continue to conduct more as the risks of COVID-19 infections continue.
The City reports that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department West Hollywood Station has been monitoring compliance of face covering requirements since May.
The City of West Hollywood’s fee schedule for such Administrative Citations is as follows:
- A first violation is $250 plus a fee of $50 for a total of $300;
- A second violation is $1,000 plus a fee of $50 for a total of $1,050;
- A third violation is $2,000 plus a fee of $50 for a total of $2,050; and
- A fourth violation is $5,000 plus a fee of $50 for a total of $5,050.
These are Administrative Citations, not Criminal Charges.
“As you know, we announced that we would have to increase our enforcement for people refusing to wear a face cover/mask in public,” Lt. Moulder said back in July. “It is always our intent to educate and advise about the mandate and change the paradigm. The City of West Hollywood, along with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, have supplied masks that we handed out to people in our Community.”
If someone sees a person without a face cover/mask, they can call West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station (310) 855-8850. A message will be sent to Patrol Units to see if there is an officer in the area to check. The majority of enforcement will be conducted by CIT Teams with dedicated operations.