UPDATE: Rapid City mask mandate moves forward

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UPDATED 5:58 a.m.:

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KELO) — A special Rapid City city council meeting was held Monday to discuss a mask mandate.

Dozens of people shared opinions on the proposed ordinance.  While the majority of speakers are opposed to a mandate, some were speaking in favor of it.

“Those of us who will respectfully and peacefully and willingly wear masks to protect each other don’t do it out of fear, we do it out of respect, we do it because we want to get back to whatever kind of normalcy awaits us. Masks work to protect ourselves and each other,” Holly, a speaker during the meeting, said.

“I ask that you allow people to do what’s right for themselves, to be adults, and to make their own decisions,” Jennifer, a speaker during the meeting, said.

More than 300 people who were not able to attend the council meeting shared their thoughts through online comments.

The ordinance passed in a 9-1 vote and will have a second reading next Monday. City council members also considered a resolution Monday night which would require face coverings in certain situations but would have no enforcement and no penalties.

Both the resolution and second reading of the ordinance were tabled in 10-0 votes.


10:09 p.m.

Rapid City Council members discussed a mask mandate Monday night.

Dozens of people shared opinions on the proposed ordinance. While the majority of speakers are opposed to a mandate, somewhere speaking in favor of it.

“Those of us who will respectfully and peacefully and willingly wear masks to protect each other don’t do it out of fear, we do it out of respect, we do it because we want to get back to whatever kind of normalcy awaits us. Masks work to protect ourselves and each other,” Holly, speaker, said.

At the time this story was published, the meeting was still ongoing.

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