Teton County Considering New Mask Order Due To Rising COVID Cases

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The Teton County health officer is considering implementing a new facemask mandate due to rising coronavirus cases in the area, officials announced Tuesday.

Dr. Travis Riddell announced Tuesday that he is taking public comment regarding a proposed mask order. Under state law, no public health order requested or issued by a county health officer can be put in place unless notice is provided to the public at least 48 hours before it takes effect. The delay is designed to provide time for public comments to be submitted through written and electronic submissions.

The order could go into effect as of noon Thursday, which would require the use of masks in certain places. If the order goes into effect, it will expire on Sept. 4, unless the Jackson City Council or Teton County Board of County Commissioners decided to extended it.

The public may submit public comment through written or electronic submissions to Riddell now through noon on Thursday, August 26, 2021. Written comments may be hand delivered to the Teton County Clerk’s Office. Electronic submissions shall be made through email to the following email address: healthordercomments@tetoncountywy.gov

Teton County kept its mask order in place nearly two months longer than the rest of the state, after Gov. Mark Gordon rescinded the statewide mask order in March.

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