As the COVID-19 vaccine has become more readily available, and many states and cities are seeing a decrease in reported cases, changes to government policies are taking place.
Some states like Texas and Florida are lifting restrictions on mask-wearing and gathering limitations.
Even here in Idaho, which has not had a statewide mask mandate, some local municipalities are making changes. For instance, Ada County has lifted its mask mandate.
Other cities such as Boise and Pocatello are still maintaining their mask mandates.
The city of Lewiston, however, is one of the first cities in Idaho, with a mask mandate, to now rescind the order.
The vote came after a lengthy debate between city council members and the mayor. Some council members argued that it was too soon and that more people needed to be vaccinated.
Other council members opposed to the mandate said it is an individual’s choice on whether or not they want to wear a mask and that businesses should also be able to decide their own policy.
The vote to end the mandate was close with a 4-3 vote in favor of ending the mandate. That is the same number that it took to begin the mandate back in November.
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