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Aberdeen City Council fails to pass mask mandate at regular meeting

The Aberdeen City council failed to pass a mask mandate at its regular meeting Monday night.  The mandate would have required all residents over the age of 11 to wear a mask while in public, however there was no penalty for not complying. 


Councilwoman Tiffany Langer says this is about helping out our stressed healthcare system…






Voting for the measure was councilmembers Langer, Rob Ronayne, Clint Rux and Mark Remily.  Voting against the measure was councilmen Dave Lunzman, Alan Johnson, Josh Rife, Josh Reinbold and mayor Travis Schaunaman. 


A resolution strongly encouraging residents to wear masks whil in public remains on the books, passed by the council weeks ago.  


Councilman Josh Rife claims a mask mandate would alienate people who do not want to wear masks, causing them to feel shame.  He would prefer a partnership with the chamber of commerce to continue residents to wear masks and make a decision made by them... 





Councilman Clint Rux says it makes sense to mandate mask usage at this time becasue the council is in agreement they work at slowing the spread of COVID-19 and could save lives... 





Aberdeen mayor Travis Schaunaman pointed out several places he felt the ordinance was unenforceable and too harsh.  However, he was also unwilling to compromise as those in favor of the ordinance sought in the end...