July 23, 2020 – The Canyon County Board of Commissioners issued the following statement today regarding the use of masks/face coverings:

“The Canyon County Board of Commissioners recognizes the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic, and urges all people to take this illness seriously. The Board has been listening carefully to local medical professionals and Southwest District Health (SWDH) about the science and purpose of the CDC recommended mitigation practices, including masks/face coverings. We have also been monitoring how our regional partners and other local public entities are interpreting that same information. The responses, and public opinions about those responses, vary widely. Our American way of life depends on beating this virus and to do that we have to fight together, instead of against each other. 

Cloth face coverings are one tool in the toolbox of COVID-fighters, appropriate for some circumstances but not others. Common sense is the best guide to distinguishing which circumstances require a mask, just as it is for using the other tools: washing your hands, avoiding touching your face, sanitizing surfaces, and staying home if you are sick.

We support SWDH’s decision to not create an unenforceable, general public mandate that might compromise law enforcement relations with the public. Our economy, our schools, our way of life depend on limiting the transmission of the virus, and we are individually committed to doing our part. Working together, we will get through this.”

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