Update, 10 a.m.: The Jackson Town Council unanimously approved a resolution supporting mask wearing at a special meeting Monday morning.
The resolution isn't an ordinance, meaning it isn't an enforceable law. What it does is throw the full support of the Town Council behind a potential public health order requiring masks that Teton District Health Officer Dr. Travis Riddell has been working on and could ask State Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist to approve.
Business leaders spoke at the Monday meeting, some describing negative, aggressive interactions with visitors and customers who disagree with their individual mask requirements. They asked the council to approve the resolution and give them cover to ask customers to wear face coverings.
This is a developing story. See below for the language of the resolution.
Original: The Jackson Town Council will meet at 9 a.m. this morning to consider a mask ordinance. The public can join the meeting via the town's Watch A Meeting link online.
The draft ordinance states the following:
1. A requirement that individuals wear a face covering, combined with practicing social distancing and washing hands often, protects the public, including residents, visitors and guests of the community, to the highest degree possible; and
2. A requirement that individuals wear a face covering will slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community and ensure the ability of the healthcare system in Teton County to deliver the necessary healthcare to the public; and
3. A requirement that individuals wear a face covering will protect the long-term economic health of the community by slowing the spread of COVID-19, ensuring the best possible opportunity for our local businesses to continue welcoming and serving tourists and visitors to our Town and region throughout the summer and fall months; and
4. The Jackson Town Council supports the Teton County Health Department and Dr. Travis Riddell, MD, MPH, the Teton District Health Officer, with regard to the public health order(s) currently in effect and their efforts to enact order(s) requiring the wearing of face coverings in public, including any exceptions they deem necessary, and strongly urge compliance therewith.