The Teton County Board of County Commissioners is set to consider today whether to expand a mask mandate in the unincorporated areas of the county past Saturday, the date Teton District Health Officer Travis Riddell’s current mask order is set to expire.

The meeting is set for 8:15 a.m. and will be held virtually. If people want to provide the board with public comment about the decision, they can dial into the meeting over Zoom. The phone number is 1-669-900-6833, and the meeting ID is 847 3479 1575.

Riddell instated the current mask order on Aug. 26. But recent changes to state law require local governments like the commission and Jackson Town Council to extend health orders beyond 10 days in their jurisdictions.

The Teton District Board of Health reviewed Riddell’s order and, in light of the prevalence of COVID-19 in Jackson Hole — Teton County is currently in the “red,” or high, risk level — recommended the council and commission extend the order through Dec. 31.

That recommendation came with a caveat that could keep Teton County out of a consistent mask order through the end of the year, pending viral conditions.

The board recommended that, if COVID-19 risk level decreases to “low” or “moderate” levels as determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the order be temporarily lifted. And, if risk levels climb again, that it go back into place.

Contact Billy Arnold at 732-7063 or barnold@jhnewsandguide.com.

Teton County Reporter

Billy Arnold has covered government and policy since January 2020, sitting through hours of Teton County meetings so readers don't have to. He moonlights as a ski reporter, helps with pandemic coverage and sneaks away to climb when he can.

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Judd Grossman

I don’t support giving local officials the power to mandate masking.

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