Just a few days ago, Governor Gary Herbert (Republican – Utah) declared that the state was issuing a statewide mask mandate.
A number of health officials in Idaho are pushing Governor Brad Little to do the same. Mask mandates have been implemented in some parts of Idaho but not the state as a whole.
Some Idahoans want a mask mandate and others do not. Scroll through social media and you will see the debate continues on both sides.
Local governments in Idaho are also continuing the discussion and making decisions for their local communities.
Earlier today, the Post Falls City Council voted down a mask mandate.
The Panhandle Health District, which Post Falls is a part of, was under a mandate previously. However, that mandate was lifted several weeks ago.
Since then, Coeur d’Alene has passed its own mask mandate.
The city of Post Falls took up the issue Monday morning with a number of health officials telling the city council that hospitals were being overwhelmed.
After nearly an hour of discussion on the issue of a mask mandate, only two city councilmembers ended up voting in favor of the mandate.
One of those city councilmembers was Steve Anthony. Here is what he said during the meeting on the issue of a mask mandate:
If we can save one person, one person by wearing a mask, it’s worth it.
But not all city councilmembers agreed with Anthony. Four city councilmembers voted against the mask mandate.
One of the city councilmembers that voted against the mask mandate was Lynn Borders. Borders said he was in favor of recommending masks but had concerns with a mandate.
Here is what Borders said during the meeting,
If we mandate it, it leaves less opportunity for discretion. My opinion is, I’d be in favor of a recommendation to wear a mask, but not necessarily an ordinance.
In the end, the two city councilmembers voting for the mandate were Steve Anthony and Alan Wolfe.
The four city councilmembers voting against the mandate were City Council President Linda Wilhelm, Lynn Borders, Joe Malloy, and Kerri Thoreson.
Mayor Ron Jacobson told the council that if there were a tie he would vote in favor of a mask mandate. However, not enough councilmembers were in favor of a mask mandate for Jacobson to be able to break a tie.
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Tags: Alan Wolfe, Joe Malloy, Kerri Thoreson, Linda Wilhelm, Lynn Borders, Panhandle Health District, Post Falls, Ron Jacobson, Steve Anthony