COVID-19

Kzoo county leaders to debate masks

Some people want the county to repeal rules requiring masks in schools. Some on the county commission want to make that happen.

Kalamazoo County Commissioners may vote to eliminate the county’s mask mandate.

Technically, the proposal would only ask the county’s Health Officer, Jim Rutherford, to rescind his order instructing K-6 schools to require masks indoors. But if it passes it would be a blow to the order’s legitimacy.

During their Tuesday evening committee of the whole meeting, Commissioner Roger Tuinier introduced the resolution, calling the health officer’s order “unlawful.” In fact, health departments are authorized to issue public health orders under state law.

Six commissioners, including two Democrats, voted to put the proposal on the agenda for the commission’s next regular meeting in two weeks.

Meanwhile, at Tuesday’s regular meeting, commissioners passed a proclamation voicing support for the county health officer. Though it doesn’t mention the mask mandate specifically, it implicitly shows the commission’s support for it.

[MLive, WOOD]