The Lewiston City Council has scheduled a special meeting for Thursday afternoon to consider mandating face coverings in the city’s public places. This comes after a spike of coronavirus cases in the region and across the country, and while Idaho Governor Little has declined to pass a statewide mandate of his own. The meeting agenda states that the council will consider various options in response to the coronavirus pandemic, including advisory orders, mandatory orders, proclamations and resolutions. It doesn’t specifically mention an order regarding face masks or other coverings, but City Manager Alan Nygaard said that issue will be on the table.
Several Idaho jurisdictions and municipalities, including Moscow, have already enacted emergency mask orders. Gov. Little activated the Idaho National Guard last Friday in an effort to keep the state’s medical infrastructure from being overwhelmed by the spike of COVID-19 cases. Lewiston did have a mask mandate earlier in the year but it was invalidated by an open meeting violation. The remote City Council meeting will be tomorrow at 3:15 pm. (Lewiston Tribune)