North Dakota governor issues mask mandate, puts brakes on prep sports

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Posted: Friday, November 20, 2020 6:29 am | Updated: 7:01 am, Fri Nov 20, 2020.

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has announced a series of new measures, including a statewide mask mandate and a temporary shutdown of high school athletics, to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Burgum delivered a video message Friday, Nov. 13 outlining the measures, which he said were necessary to protect the state’s elderly, ensure hospital capacity and keep schools open.

“Our doctors and nurses heroically working on the front lines need our help, and they need it now,” Burgum said. “Since the beginning, we’ve taken a data-driven approach to our pandemic response, focusing on saving lives and livelihoods.

“Right now, the data demands a higher level of mitigation efforts to reverse these dangerous trends, to slow the spread of this virus and to avoid the need for economic shutdowns.”

The new restrictions include:

  • Requiring face coverings to be worn in indoor businesses, indoor public settings and outdoor public settings where physical distancing isn’t possible.

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