Butte County supervisors vote to not recommend indoor mask mandate

The Butte County Board of Supervisors voted not to give a recommendation for an indoor mask mandate.

Posted: Sep 28, 2021 11:55 AM
Updated: Sep 28, 2021 11:26 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Butte County Board of Supervisors has decided to not give Public Health a recommendation for an indoor mask mandate in its meeting Tuesday morning.

Public health is who issues an indoor mask mandate, not the board of supervisors.

Supervisors Connelly, Teeter and Kimmelshue were against the mandates as Lucero and Ritter were in support of the mandate.

Gary Winthorpe, who lives in Chico, does not agree with their decision and thinks should be mandatory for indoor places. 

“I personally just believe that masks work and science shows that they work, and if you want to contain COVID to the point where we don’t have to worry about it anymore, then masks is the way to go," said Winthorpe. 

Several people like Dana Noland of Chico agree with not having a mask mandate, as he says individuals and businesses should have a choice with wearing masks. 

“I mean people are getting boosters with each and every surge that comes out. So technically we should be safe with all the vaccines being produced and given to people. I think we are safe enough to not have masks on right now," said Noland. 

Others also either said that getting the vaccine should be more important than implementing a mask mandate or that masks should not be forced on someone to wear. 

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