Kevin L. Hoover Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – A weekend party in McKinleyville attended by more than a dozen individuals appears to have been held in violation of state guidance regarding gatherings. Hosted by McKinleyville resident Tephi Henry, the ‘80s-themed party was attended by group of women from varying professions whose work brings them into regular…
“We are being over-run, literally, by hundreds and hundreds if not thousands of people that are coming into the community from out of Humboldt County to recreate,” he said. “They are not masking, they are not distancing, they are arrogant – people try to ask them to mask and they get in your face.”
“Everybody’s frustrated, because we’ve never been through this before I think it’s reasonable for folks to feel this, to feel like your civil liberties have been violated because you have to wear a facial covering for the protection of vulnerable people in the community,” she said.
Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Teresa Frankovich said requiring facial coverings in public is a necessary first step as shelter-in-place restrictions are eased and movement increases within our community. “Your facial covering protects me and my facial covering protects you,” she said. “Having everyone using facial coverings will help to make us all safer as we move forward.”