Authorities did not report any problems at Saturday’s “no mask” event at Jess Ranch Marketplace, organized by people online in an apparent protest against the COVID-19 protocols.
A flyer made the rounds on social media Thursday and Friday, and a Facebook user who shared the flyer posted that the purpose of the event was “to encourage people who want to be free from masks but may be afraid, to take off their masks. and to let companies know that we will not tolerate discrimination for those of us who choose to live without a mask. “
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Cindy Bachman said on Sunday she was unaware of any complaints or incidents occurring at the Apple Valley compound.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) requires Californians to wear face covers in most settings outside the home and outdoors in public spaces when it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of six feet from people who are not members of the same family or residence.
However, outside of state agencies such as the Alcohol Control Department, which has the power to sanction bars and restaurants serving alcohol if they violate health orders, the execution of mask orders is largely left to the authorities. county and city.
San Bernardino County Sheriff officials on Friday were aware of the flyer and said the owner of the complex – Newport Beach-based JH Real Estate Partners – was aware of and would have additional security there.
Calls to Athena Property Management, which runs the Jess Ranch Marketplace, were unsuccessful on Sunday with an automated message directing callers to try again during normal business hours.
The event was supposed to start in Target, where face coverings are required for customers, and then move on to the other stores in the complex from 10am to noon.
At the mall on Saturday, around 11 am, no large groups of people were seen.
In the parking lot, Navy veteran Bill Young, an attendant at the intersection of Bear Valley and Apple Valley roads, sat in his motor scooter with various flags in support of Donald Trump attached and was seen conversing with various people.
At one point, a white Jeep, playing a song by rappers YG and Nipsey Hussle called “FDT” – an anti-Trump anthem – was parked outside Target, with a person recording a video with a cellphone and throwing Young, which he had approached the vehicle.
Sitting in an empty section of the parking lot was a man who set up a table with various signs inviting people to sign a petition to call Governor Gavin Newsom back.
A security guard was seen standing outside a shop in the mall, and several secondary units patrolled the parking lot.
A congressman from the mall said there were no complaints and “everything was OK”.
Daily Press reporter Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-951-6274 or JQuintero@VVDailyPress.com. Follow him on Twitter at @DP_JoseQ.
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