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.READ MORE: Lifeguards Battle For Bragging Rights In Hermosa Beach
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.READ MORE: Business Taking New Precautions As COVID Cases Surge
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.MORE NEWS: Joseph Jimenez Charged With Murder, Attempted Murder In Corona Movie Theater Shooting
However, at least one Orange County city – Costa Mesa – has instituted fines for people who don’t wear masks.