Consideration of a proposed resolution to require people living or visiting Garden Grove to wear face-coverings in certain “high risk situations” was defeated on a 5-2 vote Tuesday night.
The proposal was from Councilmember Kim Nguyen (District 6), who said, “We are in the middle of a health crisis. We didn’t do it right the first time. I’m hoping … we can do it right this time.”
But Councilmember George Brietigam (District 1) noted that such a resolution would be a reiteration of a state mandate already in place. “There’s no need to make it doubly illegal [to not wear masks].”
Councilmember Phat Bui (District 4) said he was in favor of mask-wearing, but “I prefer it to be done through education.” Councilmember John O’Neill (District 2) expressed concern about the enforcement of such a requirement.
The proposed resolution noted that non-compliance with the code would represent a misdemeanor and could result in an administrative citation.
“I think it could cause some ill-will toward the police department,” said Councilmember Stephanie Klopfenstein (District 5).
The resolution was listed as an “action item” on the agenda. Kim Nguyen said her intent was to have the item placed on the agenda for the next council meeting. The council went ahead and voted; she was supported by Councilmember Diedre Thu-Ha Nguyen.
In other action Tuesday night, the council:
- approved a five-year plan with grant money worth $5,996,058 for permanent local housing;
- approved appropriating $3,703,780.91 in grant funding for coronavirus relief through the federal CARES Act.
- considered the naming of the new bike and pedestrian trail.
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