YORK- This Thursday, the York Board of Health met again to discuss whether or not to extend the mask mandate that had been imposed in December. The mandate, compared to the meeting in December, seemed to have a lot more against it, compared to those wanting to support it. Health workers had said that the statistics were better, but not where they would want to see them.
Many of those against the mandate running past the 15th of this month, questioned enforcement of the mandate, as no citations had been written out by the city department. Other issues brought up were the effectiveness of masks, how accurate the hospital statistics really were, and civil liberties. Most just wanted a simple strong suggestion from the health board, and let common sense, and personal choice dictate when and where to wear a mask.
A few board members even held the citizen’s sentiment against the measure. Jeff Piper had said he was against having it be mandated by law, wanting a strong suggestion to wear one in public spaces instead, thinking the mandate was an example of government overreach.
After a failed motion to allow the mandate to expire, despite the public there being so vocal against the measure, a motion was filed to allow the mandate to extend to it’s original ending date of February 28th. The vote passed by just one vote. 2 no, 3 yes, leaving the mandate active until that date.