Commission Mask Meeting

MEG POTTER / NEWS&GUIDE

Members of the Mountain Freedom Alliance and other citizens concerned about the mask mandate packed into the Teton County Board of County Commissioners’ chambers Monday morning to ask officials to repeal the order.

Activists opposed to the county’s mask mandate are continuing to wage a campaign of public comment and protest, aimed at having county commissioners lift the face covering requirement in Jackson Hole.

On Monday, members of the Mountain Freedom Alliance and others packed the commissioners’ chambers at 200 S. Willow St., giving public comment for 30 minutes at the beginning of the meeting. But the group’s efforts — as well as pressure from two county commissioners — are not bearing fruit.

The Wyoming Legislature changed state law in the past year to require local elected bodies like the Jackson Town Council and the Teton County Board of County Commissioners to extend health orders longer than 10 days in their jurisdictions. And, with decisions on the mask mandate now in the political realm, those opposed don’t have the votes to change it in the unincorporated areas of the county, which fall under commissioners’ purview. The Mountain Freedom Alliance has not waged as sustained a campaign before the Town Council.

While Commissioner Greg Epstein has led the charge to lift the mask mandate with support from Commissioner Mark Barron, Commission Chairwoman Natalia D. Macker and Commissioners Luther Propst and Mark Newcomb have not changed their minds and are continuing to support the extension of the order.

“I wouldn’t want to lift the mask order yet,” Macker told the News&Guide. “And I haven’t heard recommendations from health professionals to do so.”

Read more about the ongoing debate in this week's News&Guide, available on news stands countywide through Tuesday.

You can also read online at JHNewsAndGuide.com.

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

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(1) comment

Judd Grossman

No more mandates. Benefit isn't worth the loss of freedom.

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