Group organizer Ross Novie, a father of two Los Angeles public school students, said he started the effort after visiting Mar Vista Recreation Center last weekend and found children masked up while playing basketball.
“I only learned of this last week about how, with all of the elimination of mandates, that somehow one of the last vestiges was LA parks,” Novie told The Epoch Times.
The city’s Department of Recreation and Parks continues to mandate indoor masking and proof of COVID-19 vaccinations for its parks, sports facilities, and recreation centers after the requirement was dropped by public schools, entertainment venues, and workplaces.
“Now we’re just stuck with tens of thousands of kids playing sports inside with masks, even though at [the city’s K–12 schools], they’re not,” Novie said. “It makes no sense. I feel like people are just asleep at the wheel, and as usual, no one cares about the kids.”
Novie said he reached out to Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office and some city councilors but hasn’t heard back from them.
Although the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health now allows businesses to remove indoor mask mandates and modify their vaccination status requirements, the city does not yet conform to that, according to the recreation department.
The city also requires masks at Griffith Observatory and Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.
Requests for comment from the mayor’s office and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health were not immediately returned.