Post Falls City Council approves resolution requiring masks to be worn on city property

POST FALLS, Idaho — Post Falls City Council members voted to approve a resolution on Tuesday that would require people to wear a mask on city property.

The mandate requires people to wear a mask at all times on city property when social distancing isn’t possible. It does not apply to restaurants and other areas, though City Council members clarified that wearing a mask in those public areas is strongly recommended under the resolution.

Children under the age of 10 and those who are medically exempt would not be required to wear a mask.

The decision comes as cases continue to surge statewide. Health officials reported Idaho’s highest spike in COVID-19 cases on Tuesday when 1,781 people tested positive in just one day.

Gov. Brad Little moved the state back to Stage 2 of the Idaho Rebounds plan last week, citing a rise in cases and hospitalizations. Medical experts have asked Gov. Brad Little for a statewide mask mandate, but the governor has said that he prefers to leave that decision to local government.

The mandate will remain in effect for 90 days.

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