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Hailey passes mandatory mask law: one of first Idaho cities to do so

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Hailey Idaho’s city council passed a public health order on Tuesday requiring face masks in any indoor or outdoor public space. 

Following some debate on the subject, Hailey’s city council voted unanimously to make masks mandatory in public spaces. Spaces where masks are mandatory include retail business institutions, public transportation, and public establishments where people gather and interact. 

Councilmember Kaz Thea said during the meeting that asking people to wear masks in public is a simple matter.

Boise State Public Radio first broke news of the order.

Anyone who doesn’t follow the order and appears in public without a mask could face an infraction and a fine of $100. The council initially considered a fine as high as $300, but settled on the lower amount.

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Exceptions listed in the health order, include children under the age of 5 and people with medical conditions. 

Even with Blaine County seeing a decline in COVID-19 cases, Thea said that the increases in other areas are a cause for concern. The county for a time had the most cases per capita of any on the nation.

Hailey joins Moscow in requiring face masks in public in Idaho.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little said he encourages Idahoans to wear face masks, but remains reluctant to mandate it statewide.

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