By CBSLA Staff

SIMI VALLEY (CBSLA) — Simi Valley businesses whose customers refuse to wear a face mask can now call the police for help in removing those persons from their property.

(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Face masks are required by the state in order to comply with business reopening guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

However, “businesses in Simi Valley who encounter individuals who will not adhere to store policies requiring face coverings may report those individuals for removal by contacting the Simi Valley Police Department,” a statement from city spokeswoman Samantha Argabrite said.

California requires face coverings in several high-risk situations, such as being inside, or in line to enter, any indoor public spaces; in healthcare settings, waiting for or riding on public transportation or a rideshare service, or working with the public or any space visited by members of the public, or where food is prepared. Masks are also required outside when a physical distance of 6 feet cannot be maintained from other people.

City officials say they wanted to give business owners the option so they and their other customers will feel safe while shopping. If a police officer is called, the officer will escort the unwilling customer off the property without issuing a citation.

“As you would with anyone who would be belligerent or difficult inside your store,” said Simi Valley Deputy City Manager Samantha Argabrit.  “Certainly we don’t want to have to arrest people and we certainly don’t want to have to escort people from businesses, but obviously the police will do what they have within their powers to do to ensure they have a safe environment and that businesses and customers feel comfortable.”

Susan Cooper, the manager at Dr. Conkey’s Candy and Coffee, said she’s had to ask a few customers to put on a mask, but she hasn’t had a major problem. Cooper is glad she will have the option to call the police because she expects to see more shoppers coming into her store during the holidays.

“Helpful for them to take it down a notch and help the situation instead of us having to do that. 22:05 We don’t have to work with someone who’s irate,” Cooper said.

It’s not clear if refusal to wear a mask at Simi Valley’s businesses is a widespread problem, but at least one elected city official has mocked face masks on social media, and photos of a Simi Valley flooring business with a sign that declared “No Masks Allowed” were shared widely online in May.

Businesses who want help enforcing their face mask policies can call the Simi Valley Police Department at (805) 583-6950.

Comments (27)
  1. Victor says:

    Welcome to the democrat communist utopia.

    1. Get_CA_Sane says:

      Exactly Victor. A homeless drug addict is permitted to shoot up meth and poop on your sidewalk and there is nothing you can do. Apparently that is not a health hazard in the progressive religion

  2. Sean McGuire says:

    Boy they are going to have fun with the autistic and sensory processing disorder community who are protected unde pr the American Disabilities Act

  3. Mike says:

    My first thought was “California” before I clicked the link. Sure enough.

  4. Dave says:

    Masks didn’t work during the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic, and we now have over 40 years of science which explains why they don’t and cannot work in the case of a virus.. The current phobia and wearing of submission muzzles has absolutely nothing to do with protecting health, and everything to do with people control by tyranical government.

  5. Kenneth L Kaufman says:

    Simple, DO NOT SHOP at businesses with these policies. Order via Amazon or other services that delivery direct to your home. Problem solved, and REMEMBER after this is over NOT TO DO Business with these establishments.

  6. BackTheBlue says:

    Everyone hates a cop until they need a cop. Defund them and see how fast they respond to these complaints.

  7. Rita Boone says:

    Burn down the business that do this…burn them to the ground.

  8. LA NUKKA says:

    TYRANNY – they cannot enforce a mandate if not LAW. Non-Constitutional. If a biz wants trouble just act like a BLM protestor + use their mob tactics. Put them out of business or just burn it to the ground.

  9. joey7777 says:

    “Gavin Newsom, in his official capacity as Governor of the State of California is enjoined and prohibited from exercising any power under the California Emergency Services Act(Government Code $ 8550 et seq.) which amends, alters, or changes existing statutory lawor makes new statutory law or legislative policy.” Judge Sarah Heckman Sutter County Superior Court. Order issued 11/2/20 in Gallagher and Kiley v. Newsom, Case No. CVCS20-0912

    The mask orders are null and void. The governors emergency mandates are null and void. The covid health orders are null and void. Cal Civil Code 51(b) prohibits discrimination for medical reasons. Wake up people, you are being duped into compliance by the media and social media. There is no pandemic, never was and the police are complicit in violating your constitutional rights under article 2 section 6.

  10. downwinder says:

    If you have on your super-duper virus-proof mask then you should not be afraid of persons with no mask!

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