Jefferson County’s mask order begins Friday | News Headlines

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. ( — The Jefferson County Board of Trustees passed a mask order Wednesday.

The board passed the mandate with a vote of 3-2 and goes into effect on Friday at 12:01 a.m. and lasts until December 21. Click here to read the full order. 

Protestors gathered outside as board members met, again trying to convince them not to issue a mandate. Some in the crowd have called for the health department director to be fired. One resident had a sign saying they wouldn’t comply with a mandate if passed.

The board said there will be no penalties if residents defy the order.  

The county last voted on a mandate in early October. The leaders decided against a mandate, but said they would work on doing a better job getting information to residents about how they can protect themselves from the virus.

[RELATED: Jefferson County averaging 200 new COVID-19 cases a day, changing protocols]

A recent study by SLU focusing on masks in the St. Louis region found there is what some are calling a “remarkable” slowdown in the spread of the virus in communities that have a mask mandate. The study focused on Jefferson, Franklin and St. Charles Counties with no mask mandate, compared to St. Louis City and St. Louis County where masks are required. 

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