Travelers frustrated by different mask and vaccine mandates in California cities

Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved one of the country’s most stringent COVID-19 vaccine mandates, requiring customers to show proof of vaccination before entering businesses.

Cities in California have different sets of rules when it comes to mask and vaccine warrants, leaving many travelers confused.

Alocia Doyle visits the Central Coast from Big Bear and says the ever-changing rules that vary from place to place can be frustrating.

“They definitely are because at Big Bear not everyone wears it and here all the stores demand it,” Doyle said.

Jacob San Diego, a retailer at Point Break in Pismo Beach, says most people comply with the mask’s mandate, but there are some who refuse, making it difficult to enforce.

“When it’s crowded and there are around 20,000 people here, there just aren’t enough staff to enforce it,” he said.

If a vaccine mandate similar to the Los Angles mandate were to be implemented in San Luis Obispo County, San Diego says it doesn’t think it would deter customers.

“Maybe a little. I don’t think it would have too much of an impact,” he said.

Linda and Ray Espinoza say their visit to San Luis Obispo County has been quite routine.

“We’ve been doing this for so long, if a mask is needed, we’re ready to put it on,” Linda said.

They say being vaccinated and bringing multiple masks with them wherever they go has kept the warrants from affecting their vacations.

“Because it really isn’t. If they want me to wear masks, I’ll wear them, and if they say don’t wear masks, I won’t wear them,” said visitor Ray. Espinosa.

At the moment, San Luis Obispo County only requires masks in public spaces, no vaccinations.

To access the up-to-date COVID-19 information for San Luis Obispo County, visit emergencyslo.org.

Bernard P. Love