Jerome passes COVID-19 resolution, supporting face masks, health measures

City Council votes 3-1 in favor
Published: Jul. 22, 2020 at 8:00 AM MDT
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JEROME, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - On Tuesday evening, the city council voted 3 to 1 in favor of supporting the South Central Health District’s recommendations for stopping the spread of COVID-19.

The city’s public health resolution 06-20 strongly encourages residents to wear a face mask, wash their hands, and practice social distancing. It also encourages businesses to participate.

Brent Johnson was the only council member who voted against the resolution, because he was worried it could eventually lead to a mandate.

“So the mayor and council didn’t want to go forward with a mandate, ordering people to wear masks in public places, because it is just unenforceable,” said Mike Williams, Jerome City Administrator. “The resolution they passed right now is a statement and a strong recommendation.”

Williams also said a resolution don’t have a criminal penalty attached to it, like fines.

The resolution will go into effect immediately, and the city administrator said they are exploring the idea of notifying residents about it by attaching it to utility bills, posting it in storefronts and social media.

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