The Jackson Town Council has called an emergency meeting at 5 p.m. to discuss a possible ordinance to require face coverings within town limits.

Teton District Health Officer Dr. Travis Riddell submitted health order that would mandate face coverings in all public indoor spaces, but that requires the approval of State Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist. Though Harrist said she hoped to render her decision on it this week, that is not guaranteed because the state Attorney General's office needs to verify the legality of the order and make any necessary changes.

In light of that uncertainty, the Town Council will consider a mask ordinance ahead of the Fourth of July weekend. A link to the meeting can be found at It will also be streamed on Webex. Use the meeting ID 146 160 5803 and the password toj.

Jackson isn't the only regional town considering mask ordinances. Driggs, Idaho, Mayor Hyrum Johnson enacted an emergency mask order requiring them in most public places that will go into effect at midnight.

See and the Friday Jackson Hole Daily for coverage of the meeting.

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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JOhn Smothers

will be interesting to see how this is enforced with most of the tourists not wearing masks.

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