Last week, we passed along details about a potential face mask ordinance being discussed by Colorado Springs City Council members. See that blog here. We know you are fired up about this. Thousands of you visited our website to read this blog.
During the Monday, May 11th Colorado Springs City Council Work Session, the El Paso County Health Department presented a 2 ½ hour COVID-19 update.
County Health employees shared statistics and answered Council member questions. Masks were a hot topic and President Skorman referred to mandatory masks, and the divisiveness about the issue as the “elephant in the room.”
Some council members were concerned that many citizens are not wearing masks in public. Skorman mentioned the recent protests at City Hall about mandatory masks, as well as having to deal with his own store customers who oppose wearing face masks.
Councilman Don Knight said that he had previously been a strong proponent of mandatory face masks until the Mayor made the logical case that Council would be passing a law that would be largely unenforceable.
At this point, Council appears less enthusiastic to attempt a mask ordinance. Many members are still very emotional about the issue, though. Let’s hope emotion does not get in the way of common sense. Leave the decision up to businesses. We’ll continue to be on the lookout for further mandatory mask discussion. Stay safe, Colorado Springs!