LA Lakers legend Magic Johnson posted pictures on social media, in a suite with California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and San Francisco Mayor London Breed, all posing for photos without anyone wearing a mask.
The photos were criticized by many online. But Garcetti and Newsom responded to critics by saying they only removed their masks to take a photo.
"I wore my mask the entire game and when people ask for a photograph I hold my breath and put it [mask] here and people can see it. There’s a 0% chance of infection from that," Garcetti said during a press conference at SoFi Stadium Wednesday.
"It’s funny, on the way out, I had friends who said ‘you seem like the only guy wearing the mask the entire game’ and I woke up the next morning to that shock," he added.
The mayor then said his focus is to get as many people vaccinated as possible.
Newsom addressed the criticism during a press conference Monday, saying that he only removed the mask for the photograph.
"The rest of the time I wore it, as we all should," Newsom said regarding the mask.
Los Angeles County is still under a mask mandate that affects all indoor public settings and outdoor ‘Mega Events’ of more than 5,000 people, and SoFi Stadium additionally has a mask policy. Specifically for the NFC game, the stadium handed out KN-95 masks.
Following Sunday's game, Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger called for a reevaluation of the COVID-19 mask mandate. She sent a letter to LA County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer asking to end the outdoor mask mandate, have the county align with state rules and end mandatory masking in schools.
"What I saw at the last game was well over 70% of people were not adhering to the mask mandate and it wasn’t being enforced," Barger stated.
Ferrer responded on Wednesday that the department would reevaluate when COVID-19 transmission in the county goes below the "substantial" or "high" classification.
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