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Decatur City Council votes to end city’s mask mandate

Decatur councilmembers have voted to lift a local mask mandate.

Posted: Apr 7, 2021 4:20 PM
Updated: Apr 7, 2021 7:23 PM

The Decatur City Council voted on Wednesday to end the city’s mask mandate Apr. 9.

Councilman Billy Jackson was the only member to vote against the mandate being lifted.

Prior to voting at the special session, Councilman Carlton McMasters spoke about his experience with the coronavirus. He said he'll continue to wear his mask until he feels safe.

McMasters said that's the right thing to do as a citizen. The councilman also mentioned the infection rate in Texas, since the state lifted the mask mandate. He said numbers were the lowest Texas had seen in 10 months. 

"I'm in support of letting this mandate expire with Governor Ivey's," said McMasters.

Councilman Hunter Pepper agreed with McMasters.

"Me wearing a mask should be my choice," said Pepper. 

Many businesses in North Alabama have already received backlash after announcing they'll require people to wear a mask after the mask mandate expires. Both Pepper and councilman president, Jacob Ladner, said Alabamians need to respect the wishes of businesses. 

"If a business does require a mask, then I do plan to wear a mask in their business," said Pepper. 

Ladner said business owners that he has spoken to all had different opinions on the mask mandate ending, calling it a "mixed bag" of opinions. 

The mandate has been in effect since July of 2020.

Alabama’s mask mandate will end Friday, Apr. 9.

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