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Cochise County votes against mask requirement

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Posted at 10:40 AM, Jul 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-07 20:34:05-04

COCHISE COUNTY, Ariz. — The Cochise County Board of Supervisors voted against a proposal to mandate protective face masks Tuesday.

According to a press release, Supervisors Tom Borer and Peggy Judd said they are against requiring people to wear face coverings in public.

“Douglas and Sierra Vista already have a mask order in place, and I want individual communities to make those decisions on what’s best for their communities. I don’t think the County should supersede those policies,” Borer said. “I want to continue to educate the community and encourage personal responsibility.”

The board says they received 849 comments from the public that were for and against a mask mandate.

Sheriff Mark Dannels also showed his disapproval of implementing a mandate by submitting a letter of opposition.

The Board of Supervisors will continue to discuss the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and how the county will respond.