Huntington Beach

Mask, vaccine mandate ban on agenda for council meeting

A BAN on mask and vaccination mandates goes before the Huntington Beach City Council on Tuesday (Shutterstock).

By Daniella Moreau/Orange County Tribune

A resolution to ban masks and vaccine mandates in the city is on the agenda for Tuesday night’s Huntington Beach City Council meeting.

The council approved the request to prepare a resolution on this item at the Sept.5 city council meeting. The resolution bans masks or vaccine mandates within its jurisdiction. 

The exceptions are if someone tested positive for COVID-19. Also, businesses have the right to impose masks or proof of vaccination requirements.

Also on the agenda is an emergency ordinance for bicycle regulations. Due to immediate safety concerns related to e-bike accidents and related injuries, the city council requested it to be an emergency ordinance. 

The Huntington Beach Police Department statistics recorded 77 e-bike collisions from Jan. 1, 2023, to Aug. 31, 2023. Additionally, e-bikes accounted for approximately 53 percent of all bicycle-related collisions.

The emergency ordinance requires five affirmative votes from the council to pass. If passed and approved, the ordinance will go into effect immediately.

Also on the agenda is adoption of a resolution authorizing the acceptance of a grant worth $325,000 in funds to assist in development of a “cannabis retail access program.”

The council will meet at 6 p.m. in its council chambers at 2000 Main St. (at Yorktown Avenue).

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