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Latest coronavirus term sparks outrage in Inland Empire – press enterprise


Tired of the coronavirus pandemic and associated restrictions on lifestyle, some Inner Empire businessmen and church leaders say they are not ready for the indoor mask mandate at the statewide which is due to go into effect on Wednesday, December 15.

Some say they will comply with it anyway. Others don’t.

Some say they are outraged.

Pastor Tim Thompson of 412 Murrieta Church called the state’s latest order “ridiculous.”

“This is yet another overtaking of our government,” said Thompson. “I don’t think they have the right to do what they are doing.”

And Thompson won’t ask his herd to comply.

“It won’t affect what I do at all,” he said. “I’ll ignore it (Governor Gavin Newsom).”

The Newsom administration announced that the new term would begin on Wednesday and last until January 15. The order comes as the per capita rate of new coronavirus cases in California has jumped 47% in the past two weeks, the Associated Press reported.

Patrick Scales, pastor of Shield of Faith Family Church in Fontana, said he would recommend members wear masks and provide face coverings if they don’t have one.

“We always check the temperatures at the gate,” he said.

“As part of a church, I have no problem complying with the law,” Scales said. “I’m not looking for an excuse to break the law or be above the law. I don’t mind complying for a month.

But Scales said he believes people are exhausted from the restrictions and fed up with the back and forth of tenure.

“I just think it’s getting out of hand now,” he said. “What will happen with the next transfer?” Where does it end? “

Bill Wilson, whose family owns the sprawling Wilson Creek vineyard in the hills east of Temecula, said he anticipates a big backlash.

“When they close us at this time last year, there was a different mentality among people, ”he said.

After going through several waves of restrictions and their easing in the interior region in recent months, Wilson said, many will not be willing to put on a mask.

“I think people are not going to sit down like they did last year,” he said.

Wilson said he would comply.

“We will probably have our employees masked,” he said, and we will encourage customers to cover their faces when they walk inside.

“But we’re not going to be the mask police,” he said.

At the Inland Center mall in San Bernardino, Santa Claus was already wearing a face covering, said Terri Relf, ​​a spokesperson for the mall.

“Santa Claus is very law abiding,” she said. “Santa Claus will wear a mask.”

Until now, customers have had the choice of whether or not to wear a face covering posing for photos with Santa, Relf said. On Wednesday, she said, wearing a face covering will no longer be optional.

Jackie Vu, whose family owns Top 10 Nails and Spa in Riverside, said they’ve asked guests to wear masks indoors, but “we’re not forcing them if they don’t want to.”

“Forcing people to do things doesn’t help a business; they’ll just go elsewhere, which won’t force them to do things they don’t agree with, ”Vu said.

Vu believes the mask’s tenure won’t change anything, as customers will always do whatever they want. In the nail salon, most people wear masks because of the dust and fumes, she said. Hopefully people will use common sense if they’re not feeling well – but just in case, staff will check temperatures and wear masks “for our own protection and comfort.”

Alyson Gomez, an employee of the Flinderstreet Cafe in Chino, said there were less than 10 staff at the small family cafe. All are fully vaccinated, but will likely continue to wear masks “by choice … especially now with the new strain of COVID-19”.

“We haven’t imposed the masks too much (for staff and customers), but I don’t know what’s going to happen now, with the tenure,” Gomez said. “We’ll have to see. … I don’t think it will affect business too much; even during closing we were very busy with take out.

John Andrews, spokesperson for the Diocese of San Bernardino, which oversees Catholic churches in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, said it was not clear Monday afternoon how the order would affect church services.

“We have complied with state guidelines on health and safety precautions,” Andrews said. “Obviously we’re going to be careful about this. “

He added that many parishioners continued to wear masks at mass.

Jose Arballo Jr., spokesperson for the Riverside County Public Health Department, said health officials were reviewing the new mandate.

“The activation date of December 15 gives us a bit of time to figure out how we’re going to move forward,” Arballo said.

State officials say they realize many are fed up with restrictions on coronaviruses.

“Frankly, so am I,” California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr Mark Ghaly said on Monday. “Having said that, this is a critical time when we have a tool that we know has worked and can work.”

Editor Allyson Escobar and The Associated Press contributed to this report.