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No Mask? Pay $100. Berkeley Approves Fine for Not Complying With Mask Order

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A sign reminding people the fine for not wearing a mask can be as much as $350 is seen by the pier during a heat wave on September 7, 2020 in Manhattan Beach, California, amid the coronavirus pandemic. (CHRIS DELMAS/AFP via Getty Images)

Get caught without a mask in Berkeley and you could be fined $100. That’s after the city council passed an ordinance last night that allows code enforcement officers to hand out tickets to mask scofflaws. Many cities and counties have similar ordinances. But Berkeley has a close eye on parks, restaurants, parties, and especially college students. There’s been an uptick in coronavirus cases as Cal students returned to campus.

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Kate Harrison, councilmember, Berkeley City Council

Thao Nguyen, Reporter, The Daily Californian and UC Berkeley student


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