After hearing speakers for the entire day Tuesday, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted to delay a decision on possibly rescinding the current health officer orders in the county.
Among orders the county wants to rescind include mandatory masks worn in public, and social distancing. The order also requires schools to be closed and bans short term rentals. The county health department extended those orders until June 19th. The council wants to align their orders with governor Gavin Newsome’s executive order.
Outside of the meeting, protesters demonstrated in front of the county building, demanding the government reopen the economy. Protesters held signs expressing views that their constitutional rights were being violated by the government orders. Inside Riverside Sheriff Chad Bianco told the board he would not enforce unconstitutional orders saying such action is a waste of his department resources. In the end, the board voted to delay action until Friday, May 8 at 1pm. Governor Gavin Newsome is also expected to announce a limited move into phase 2 which allows for curbside pick-up at some non-essential businesses.