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Mask Mandate Request Is Met With Differing Opinions In Cache Valley

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After Logan Mayor Holly Daines announced she plans to request a mask mandate for Logan, residents, along with city council members are expressing differing opinions.

“There are certainly some people who are very supportive of that and think it’s a wise thing to do and others who disagree with that, and I realized that would be the case," Daines said.

Daines said she feels a mask mandate would help with consistency as students travel back to Cache Valley. Currently big operating stores such as Walmart and Sam’s Club require masks, while some businesses in Logan do not. 

The Logan Mayor said four of the five Logan City Council members agree with this decision. However, many residents, along with other officials in the county, have a different opinion on the mandate. 

Cache County councilmember Gordon Zilles said he sees the benefit of masks when gathering in groups, but does not agree with having a mandate.

“If you can’t distance then you’re going to be out among a lot of people, and I can see it a benefit of a mask. But mandated that you have to wear a mask everywhere you go doesn’t make much sense to me," he said.

Zilles said he is not pro-mask or anti-mask, but believes residents should use a mask wisely. 

Along with Zilles, Jess Bradfield, a Logan city council member believes that if a mask mandate is enforced, it should be accompanied by a green-risk level for the city of Logan, so residents' freedoms are not too infringed upon. 

According to Zilles, the support coming from residents in Cache County on the mandate is about 50/50. Those expressing their opinions on social media seem to fall on both sides of the issue. 

 

This story is part of a content sharing agreement between The Herald Journal and Utah Public Radio.