Several mask mandates are up for a vote this week as some mainstream media outlets and some medical professionals push for a statewide mandate.
Governor Little has so far refused to implement a statewide mask mandate but has rolled Idaho back to a modified Stage 2. Other Republican governors in Utah and North Dakota have done a statewide mandate.
Despite the lack of a statewide mandate, nearly half of Idaho is already under a local mask mandate.
South Central Public Health District is also voting on a mask mandate this Thursday.
SCPHD covers the following counties: Camas, Blaine, Gooding, Lincoln, Jerome, Minidoka, Twin Falls, and Cassia.
The meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. MST and goes until 4:00 p.m. MST. Citizens wishing to submit their approval or disapproval of the proposal can contact the health board by using the link here.
Just days ago SCPHD met to discuss and propose a mandate. However, a motion was made at the previous meeting just days ago when a Twin Falls County Commissioner on the SCPHD board motioned to allow more time for public input. That motion was successful and tomorrow the SCPHD will potentially vote once again on a mask mandate.
SCPHD’s order in public is similar to that of other orders across the state that have been implemented.
Here is the beginning of the “face coverings” section:
Unlike the Rexburg ordinance which gives businesses or citizens “infractions” for the first two violations, the SCPHD health order does not.
It is unclear at this time which, if any, law enforcement agencies will attempt to enforce the order if it passes.
In fact, the SCPHD proposal will be a misdemeanor with a fine and potential jail time on the first offense.
The meeting and proposal come as the result of reported cases of Coronavirus continue to increase in Idaho.
A large protest against a mask mandate in Twin Falls occurred several weeks ago. After the protest was over, over 60 people testified against a mask mandate and the mandate was tabled.
Several people did speak in favor of the mandate at the time.
A protest is also expected tomorrow at the SCPHD facility located at 1020 Washington St. N. in Twin Falls. at 1:30 p.m. MST. Idaho Dispatch has been unable to find a rally to support the effort anywhere online.
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