Monterey County mask mandate fails with 2 supervisors opposing

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Monterey County mask mandate fails with 2 supervisors opposing

The Monterey County Board of Supervisors failed to pass a mask mandate on Wednesday after two supervisors opposed the idea. A week before, all five supervisors unanimously supported an ordinance requiring everyone to wear a mask indoors regardless of vaccination status. In addition, more than two dozen local elected officials signed a letter asking county public health officer Dr. Edward Moreno to enact a mask mandate.In a vote on Wednesday, the ordinance only received three of the four votes it needed to pass. “I look forward to bringing back, again, when our rates inevitably arise,” said Supervisor Wendy Root Askew after the motion failed to pass. Supervisors Alejo, Adams and Root Askew voted in favor of the mandate while Supervisors Philips and Lopez opposed it. In an interview with KSBW 8 last week, Root Askew said: “Collectively, I feel it’s our responsibility to all do our part and to have a policy in place that is going to protect those children.”

The Monterey County Board of Supervisors failed to pass a mask mandate on Wednesday after two supervisors opposed the idea.

A week before, all five supervisors unanimously supported an ordinance requiring everyone to wear a mask indoors regardless of vaccination status. In addition, more than two dozen local elected officials signed a letter asking county public health officer Dr. Edward Moreno to enact a mask mandate.

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In a vote on Wednesday, the ordinance only received three of the four votes it needed to pass.

“I look forward to bringing [this vote] back, again, when our rates inevitably arise,” said Supervisor Wendy Root Askew after the motion failed to pass.

Supervisors Alejo, Adams and Root Askew voted in favor of the mandate while Supervisors Philips and Lopez opposed it.

In an interview with KSBW 8 last week, Root Askew said: “Collectively, I feel it’s our responsibility to all do our part and to have a policy in place that is going to protect those children.”

Contributed by local news sources

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