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South Central Public Health District votes against mask mandate

Posted at 9:29 PM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-20 10:41:44-05

TWIN FALLS, Idaho — In a special meeting held Thursday afternoon, the South Central Public Health District Board brought a potential mask ordinance to the table.

From 1:30-3:00 p.m., members of the public voiced their opinions on how they felt about a mandate both in person and through comments on the district's website. The majority of those who gave comments were against the mandate feeling it should be the people's choice to decide whether or not to wear a mask.

Many also felt that enforcement would not be possible and that the penalties for not complying, which was a $300 fine or up to six months in the county jail, were too harsh.

In a 5-4 vote, the board ultimately decided to not pass the ordinance. Minidoka, Camas, Blaine counties and the board's medical consultant voted in favor of the mandate. Twin Falls, Cassia, Gooding, Lincoln and Jerome counties voted against the health order.