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'The time to wait on action has passed:' City council mandates masks in Bemidji


BEMIDJI -- After an update on the coronavirus situation from Sanford Health and a lengthy discussion, the Bemidji City Council established a face mask requirement.

The action was taken first by Mayor Rita Albrecht, who amended the city's original declaration of local emergency passed in March requiring individuals to wear a mask at indoor public spaces. Because this action would only be in effect for three days, the council then took a vote which passed 3-1-1 to extend the amendment.

Voting in favor of the move was Albrecht, as well as Ward 1 Council member Michael Meehlhause and Ward 4 Council member Emelie Rivera. Against the measure was Ward 5 Council member Nancy Erickson and abstaining was Ward 3 Council member Ron Johnson.


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