Mayor Kling asks public to wear masks

Posted at 4:51 PM, Jul 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-16 10:31:16-04

CANYON COUNTY — Canyon County, just like the rest of Idaho, has also seen an uptick in COVID-19 cases within the last few weeks.

Mayor of Nampa, Debbie Kling told Idaho News 6 there has been a lot of discussion about a mask mandate over the last week.

She says many people have been asking for a mask order to be put in place, but some people strongly disagree with a mandated order.

"We have had quite a few people ask for a mask mandate, but then we also have people who feel very strongly and don't want a mask mandate," Kling says. "The issue of a mask mandate is very decisive and unfortunate."

She also says reducing the spread of COVID-19 is a top priority right now, and she is asking members of the community to start wearing masks when out in public.

"We have an uptick that is getting serious with the Coronavirus," Kling says. "Our health system's capacity is rising, and we really want to slow the spread right now."

As of now, Canyon County does not have a mandatory mask order.

Southwest District Health is having a virtual joint meeting Thursday morning to discuss COVID-19's impact on Canyon County.