JACKSON COUNTY, MO (KCTV) -- Jackson County leaders on Monday morning rejected a proposal to end the county's mask mandate early, instead opting to extend it another two weeks.
The Jackson County Legislature took up the measure at its regular weekly meeting, voting down the proposal to end the mandate by a vote of 5 to 3. Shortly afterward, the Legislature voted to extend the mandate to Nov. 22.
If county legislators had not voted to extend the mandate, it would have expired this Saturday night.
Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. released the following statement:
“Over the past several weeks we have made significant progress in reducing the spread of coronavirus by wearing masks. However, we have not yet reached the CDC threshold that would no longer categorize our community as a high or substantial area of virus transmission. Thanks to the community’s continued sacrifice and resilience, we are very close to where we need to be. But until then, it is important for everyone to keep wearing their masks in public indoor places to provide the most protection for our children, who will soon have the opportunity to get vaccinated.
“From the beginning, I have said I will trust and follow the science, as well as the CDC and health officials’ recommendations to determine how we move forward safely. These decisions have never been easy for me or the County Legislature and today, a majority of the members did what they believe is in the best interest of our community’s well-being. We will continue to analyze the data and provide the Legislature with all information necessary to ensure we can make informed, life-saving decisions together.”