Coeur d’Alene City Council considering possible mask mandate after Health District’s decision to lift one

COEUR d’ALENE, Idaho — Coeur d’Alene City Council members will hold an emergency special meeting on Monday to discuss a possible mask mandate for the city. 

The decision comes after the Panhandle Health District Board voted to lift a mandate in Kootenai County on Thursday. 

The Health District reported two of its largest rises in COVID-19 cases this week, with another 138 people testing positive on Friday. Kootenai County accounts for roughly 79% of COVID-19 cases in the Idaho Panhandle. 

For this reason, City Council members say it’s important to protect residents- and that means wearing face masks.  

 “There is a continuing and urgent need to protect all residents of, employees in, and visitors to the City of Coeur d’Alene from the risks relating to the COVID-19 pandemic through the protection provided by wearing face coverings,” it reads in the City Council agenda. 

The meeting will be accessible to residents by Zoom. 

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