Mask Mandate

A masked individual walks the boardwalk near Town Square on Aug. 30. A county mask mandate has been in place since Aug. 26 due to the high transmission rate of COVID-19.

Though the Jackson Town Council and Teton County Board of County Commissioners voted this week to extend the public health order requiring people to wear masks in indoor public spaces, staffers acknowledge the difficulty in enforcement, particularly after many people had become accustomed to not wearing masks when COVID-19 numbers dipped.

So, a form has been set up on the county's COVID-19 webpage at where residents can file a complaint about health order violations. People who fill out the form can choose to submit their names or do so anonymously.

The complaint form asks people to name the establishment where they witnessed the potential violation, the date it occurred, and any other details they are willing to share.

The town and county's mask orders run through Dec. 31, unless the COVID-19 transmission risk level drops below orange, or substantial, then the order lifts automatically. But if it were to rise again to substantial or high risk (orange or red) the order would automatically go back into effect.

Currently, the county is experiencing a rolling seven-day total of 635.74 new, laboratory-confirmed positive cases per 100,000 population. As long as that number stays above 100 new cases (per capita) per seven days, the county will remain at high risk of COVID-19 transmission. The other metric the county uses to determine risk is test positivity, which is the percent of tests over the last two weeks that are positive. Currently, that metric stands at moderate with 7.59% of tests coming back positive. Moderate is anything from 5-7.99%, with 8-9.99% considered substantial and anything above 10% rated high risk. 

Contact Tim Woods at 732-5911 or

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Judd Grossman

Not clear that masks make enough difference to justify imposing them on people. Government officials need to back off.

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