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California city votes to ban universal COVID-19 mask and vaccine mandates

The City of Huntington Beach, California, voted Wednesday to ban universal mask and vaccine mandates for COVID-19.  

The matter was submitted by Mayor Pro Tem Gracey Van Der Mark, and included on the city’s agenda for Tuesday. 

Van Der Mark said mask mandates imposed in the city “unnecessarily limited the freedoms of the citizens of Huntington Beach — even those who were not around anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 or at risk of any exposure.”

Huntington Beach

People make their way to the beach as they cross the Pacific Coast Highway in downtown Huntington Beach, California. (Mark Rightmire/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images/File)

The declaration narrowly passed, with the City Council voting 4-3 before adjoining around 2:48 a.m. The ban will apply to city officials and not private businesses. 

More broadly, the city has for decades been a conservative bastion for people whose gripes go far beyond the state’s response to the pandemic.

Bradford Betz is a Fox News Digital breaking reporter covering crime, political issues, and much more. 

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