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Idaho House panel approves prohibition on mask mandates

Studies Find Areas With Mask Mandates Have Lower COVID-19 Hospitalization Rates
Posted at 1:45 PM, Mar 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-15 15:45:33-04

BOISE, Idaho — Legislation to prohibit mask mandates by government entities in Idaho is headed to the House.

The House State Affairs Committee on Monday approved the measure that's a reworked version of previous legislation that banned mask mandates at medical facilities. The new bill allows hospitals and other healthcare facilities to require masks.

Private businesses can also continue to require masks. Republican Gov. Brad Little has never issued a statewide mask mandate, but a handful of counties and about a dozen cities currently have such mandates in place.

Officials report that the coronavirus has infected more than 175,000 Idaho residents and killed more than 1,900.