By CBSLA Staff

IRVINE (CBSLA) — The orange Great Park balloon in Irvine is reminding all Orange County residents to mask up.

The iconic balloon – bearing the color of its home county – soars 400 feet above the Great Park and in pre-pandemic times served as a public observation deck.

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The balloon remains closed to the public, but it’s an unmistakable, but friendly, reminder to wear face coverings to protect others from COVID-19.

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Masks have been particularly contentious in Orange County, where residents protested loudly against a county-wide mask mandate, prompting the county health officer to resign after she received death threats.

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However, at least one Orange County city – Costa Mesa – has instituted fines for people who don’t wear masks.