Traill County Commission asked to approve mask mandate

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Posted: Friday, October 23, 2020 6:39 am

Traill County leaders heard an impassioned plea for a countywide mask mandate Tuesday before agreeing to research the matter further.

Christopher Larson, a resident of Luther Memorial Home in Mayville and chair of the Reuniting Families Task Force, presented a four-page proposed mask mandate to county commissioners.

Attending Tuesday’s county board meeting by phone, Larson said the mandate would require Traill County residents to wear face coverings in public, although there wouldn’t be a penalty for failing to comply with the requirement.

“The enforcement is strictly to educate the public on the dangers of community spread (of COVID-19) and the promotion of best health practices” to stem the spread of the coronavirus, Larson said.

He pointed out Traill County has seen a spike in the virus the past week – state health officials reported a record 17 cases Saturday – threatening the health of seniors at long-term care facilities in the area.

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