The ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has led to many changes in day to day life. Unfortunately, cases of coronavirus continue to rise throughout the state and country and while stay at home orders are no longer in place, many cities have issued emergency orders regarding masks to try to prevent the spread of coronavirus. According to the Los Angeles Times, Manhattan beach is one of these cities--those out in public without a face covering will face a citation and fines.
The goal of face coverings is to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, but not everyone wears masks out in public. The city issued the emergency order because “the drastic increase in positive COVID-19 cases in [Manhattan Beach] and around Los Angeles County have shown...that additional measures must be taken to make it clear to the public that face coverings are essential right now.”
Under the Manhattan Beach order, a person failing to wear a face covering will be issued an administrative citation. The fine for these citations are:
- $100 for the first violation
- $200 for the second violation
- $350 for each subsequent violation
The order does have some exceptions, children younger than two don't need a mask, and anyone that has a disability or medical condition preventing them from wearing a mask does not have to. Additionally, masks do not have to be worn while swimming.
Because the mask policy is based on a city order, failing to wear a mask is not a crime that would be found in California's penal code, but rather an infraction. An infraction is a less serious offense, such as violating a city code or ordinance or violating a vehicle code, and usually results in a ticket or citation. The consequence of a citation is almost always a fine. If you commit an infraction and receive a citation, you do have to pay the fine--if you fail to do so, then you could face criminal charges in the future. However, if you were wrongfully given the citation, you do have the opportunity to talk to a judge and fight it and a skilled attorney can help in that situation.
Defense Help During the Coronavirus Pandemic
We certainly hope that everyone can stay safe and healthy during this continued pandemic and encourage all to follow safety rules such as wearing a face covering when necessary to help prevent the spread of the virus, and avoid getting a fine! The pandemic has made any interaction with the courts difficult and confusing, so if you find yourself dealing with a citation or facing a criminal charge, talking to an experienced Manhattan Beach criminal defense attorney can be very helpful.
At the Kann California Law Group, we are staying up to date on what the courts are doing during the pandemic. Whether you were wrongfully given a citation or are facing more serious criminal charges, we are here to help with your defense and make sure your rights are protected. We are always available for a free case consultation to discuss your situation and how we can help you. Contact us today by calling 888-744-7730 or through our confidential online contact form. One of our attorneys will call you right away.