City Expands Mask Enforcement to More Areas

The City Council voted this week to fund enforcement of Burbank’s face-covering rules through May while also requesting some areas in Magnolia Park be prioritized.
The council’s decision Tuesday provided another $100,000 from the general fund to Willdan Engineering, which provides staff at the rate of $65 an hour each to ensure people are adhering to face-covering requirements in busy areas of Burbank. Nearly $100,000 was spent on the initiative from mid-October to late January.
In the same meeting, the council directed city staff members to bring back a potential ordinance temporarily limiting the fees third-party delivery services can charge restaurants to 20% of the order price. The proposed ordinance is expected to include — either immediately or eventually — protections for delivery drivers’ pay.

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Businesses, Individuals Clash Over Mask Rules

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A recent video showing a group of demonstrators trying to get inside the Burbank IKEA without wearing face coverings has been viewed nearly 4,000 times. After several members were allowed inside, the group moved on to hold another demonstration at a local Trader Joe’s, which closed during the protest.

Burbank’s recent announcement that face covering requirements would be enforced with fines was an initiative prompted by community outcry. But while many residents applaud the city for its actions, not everyone is pleased.
Operating largely on social media, some members of the Burbank community have argued against the move, or mask rules in general. A now-deleted Facebook post by Burbank eatery Tinhorn Flats Saloon & Grill gained attention from residents and news media for its fiery response to the city’s announcement.
“The Burbank City Council is hiring Mall Cops to enforce this mask mandate because the AMAZING BURBANK PD is refusing to enforce this,” the post read. “WE WILL NOT BOW DOWN TO THREATS & FEARS and WE STAND AGAINST the Burbank City Council and their unconstitutional … act.”

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Face Covering Enforcement Begins

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Burbank is now issuing citations for people who refuse to adhere to face covering
requirements, with enforcement carried out by a contractor and enforced in areas with high numbers of complaints such as downtown Burbank.

Following a recent decision by the Burbank City Council, face covering requirements are now enforced with a fine.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has released guidance for the use of cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also affirmed that cloth face coverings are a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19, and that face coverings could reduce the spread of the disease, particularly when used universally within communities.
Since the emergence of COVID-19, according to the city, Burbank and its police department have sought to gain compliance with face covering requirements with an emphasis on education.

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