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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.

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(12) comments

TERRENCE MILAN

The enforcement is tenuous, but imagine now an employee who gets coronona virus while on the job. If the employer never enforced the ordinance, this is a liability which could drag on for years. Now the aggressive ugly tourist can be charged with disturbing the peace. The fines and penalties might partially off set the loss of tax revenue. If we can't gouge them one way, we will find away to gouge them another way. Raise the cost of getting out of jail.

Wayne Grim

I thought I was in charge of my health. Now the elected officials have taken over my

health with no credentials to show us.

They were paid throughout this so-called pandemic while common workers had to struggle. If this would have been ignored from the beginning the totals would only

be a little higher. The residents in Jackson Hole are generally healthier and the air is clean. It is past time to end this financial destruction and continue to assist those who

are at risk.

Roger Hayden

I don't get the indignant local or visitor reactions to wearing masks. Most places cited in news reports indicate now that spread of the virus is low where masks are worn, and higher where they're not worn. I wouldn't want to work in a place where I had to interact with visitors not wearing masks, and Jackson sees a millions of visitors from everywhere. I hope visitors don't think they're escaping to a place that's safe and clean of the virus.

Jim Bishop

"it isn't an enforceable law"... in other words, it's another toothless half measure from an ineffective government. We need a mandatory mask law. Without a mandatory mask law, this nightmare will just go on and on and on...

kathy harrington

Thank You town Council! Giving our local business the Support that is sadly needed to try to keep our locals healthy. Hard to understand that there even needs to be a discussion about good health practice.

Jayne Ottman

It’s simple. No shirt, no shoes, no mask, no service.

We appreciate visitors coming and spending their hard earned dollars in our town however the reason they are here is because our community doubled down w social distancing and face masks.... another closure and many more business won’t survive. This applies to everyone here.

Bob Kochman

If its not enforceable, what's the point?

Whitney Caskey

This is great! I will feel more comfortable going into town, spending my money, knowing that I will be more safe. I also think this is the best way to ensure our stores remain open during this pandemic. We cannot afford another shut down!

Judd Grossman

Masks are a good idea. They should be strongly recommended, but not required by law. We shouldn't give local or state government more power over us.

Linda Rutford

FINALLY what’s taken so long?

Judd Grossman

Asking people to wear masks is a good idea. Requiring with the force of law is an overreach. I don't wish for our Town Council to have this power.

Judd Grossman

Should be a recommendation not an ordinance.

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