The Traill County Board of Commissioners narrowly rescinded a policy that the board approved Aug. 17 requiring county employees to mask up indoors if they hadn’t received a COVID-19 vaccine.

County commissioners called a special meeting Tuesday morning after fielding complaints from employees who alleged they had been unfairly targeted by the policy, which took effect Monday.

Board members listened to more than an hour and a half of input and concerns Tuesday before voting 3-2 to reverse course and approve a less-restrictive policy that asks employees to follow the latest guidelines on mask usage from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

The original motion approved by the board Aug. 17 required all county employees to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or be forced to wear a mask when indoors or in an office setting.

Unvaccinated workers also were subject to weekly testing under the short-lived policy.

Sixteen people attended Tuesday’s special meeting and blasted the policy, questioning whether their confidential medical records had been accessed, as well as the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.

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