The Huntington Beach City Council in Orange County, California, voted 4-3 on Wednesday to ban universal mask and vaccine mandates.
The traditionally conservative enclave of ‘Surf City USA’ boasts multi-million dollar beachfront properties along its Southern California coastline.
This decision arrives as Democrats push for increased Covid safety measures ahead of the upcoming election season.
Gracey Van Der Mark expressed her opposition to the mask mandates that were implemented during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 and 2021, stating they “unnecessarily limited the freedoms of Huntington Beach citizens who had not been exposed to individuals with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis or were at risk for potential exposure”.
NBC News reported:
The Huntington Beach City Council narrowly voted Wednesday to ban universal mask and COVID-19 vaccine mandates in the city.
The declaration passed with a 4-3 vote. The meeting adjourned at 2:48 a.m.
Those who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 would still be required to wear masks in certain settings.
Mayor Pro Tem Gracey Van Der Mark introduced the motion at Tuesday night’s meeting.
Residents of Huntington Beach staged a demonstration against Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Covid-related mandates in 2020, gathering at the Huntin:gton Beach Pier to express their opposition to the curfew orders.