Logan council dodges discussion of mask mandate

In a carefully orchestrated move, the members of the Logan City Council avoided any discussion of Mayor Holly Daines' controversial citywide mask mandate during their regular meeting on Tuesday evening.

LOGAN – Members of the Logan City Council were denied an opportunity to discuss the hot-button issue of the citywide mask mandate at their regular meeting on Tuesday evening.

Within moments of the opening gavel, council chair Amy Z. Anderson ruled that her fellow council members would not officially discuss Mayor Holly Daines’ executive order of Aug. 1 making the wearing of face coverings mandatory for Logan residents and visitors.

That ruling was seemingly intended to muzzle council member Jess Bradfield, who has made no secret of his opposition to the hasty process that led to the implementation of the mask mandate.

In her regular report to council members, Daines admitted that the state of emergency she declared to make the mask mandate legal will expire in 30 days. The mayor then confirmed that she intends to seek the council’s approval on Aug. 18 to extend both the emergency declaration and the mask mandate until Dec. 31.

Daines added that the council members are not legally required to seek public comment on the mask mandate, but may do so at their discretion. The council members also have the option to deny the requested extension of the mask mandate or to extend it for a shorter period of time, she acknowledged.

The mask mandate has been controversial because Daines provided limited public notice before requesting state authorization to impose the emergency measure. Some residents have also voiced concern that the mayor’s executive order included stipulations that the mask mandate can be enforced either “administratively or criminally … for repeated or egregious violations.”

In her closing remarks, Anderson said that council members had received numerous comments via e-mail from local residents. She said that council members would review those comments and discuss them at their Aug. 18 meeting. She also invited additional comments from interested residents and/or personal contact with council members.

Daines’ executive order applies to any individual over age five who is medically or psychologically able to tolerate a face covering.

The city ordinance stipulates that a face covering that completely covers the nose and mouth must be worn in “public areas where consistent social distancing of at least six feet is not possible, reasonable or prudent.”

With that order, Logan has joined a handful of other local entities in Utah that have made the wearing of face coverings in public mandatory. Those entities are Salt Lake City and three Utah counties: Grand, Salt Lake and Summit.

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  • Amy Anderson August 5, 2020 at 12:44 pm Reply

    The mask mandate will be on our agenda as an action item on August 18th and will be openly discussed at that time. To assume that there was an attempt to muzzle a council member is incorrect. We will discuss and debate the continuation of the mandate beyond August 31 and all council members will use this time period to gather information and prepare. All citizens are invited to share their opinions in advance of the meeting directly with Council members or by emailing teresa.harris@loganutah.org.

  • Tod Twirt August 5, 2020 at 1:34 pm Reply

    As a logan resident with three children I heartily support Mayor Daines’ decision to mandate mask wearing. In fact, it is the first prudent choice that has been made in our wonderful valley regarding this topic. The issuance of the July 19th day of prayer was insulting to those of us who demand action. Thank you, Mayor Daines and Governor Herbert for listening to health experts and working to protect our residents from themselves.

  • Area Man August 5, 2020 at 1:50 pm Reply

    “That ruling was seemingly intended to muzzle council member Jess Bradfield, who has made no secret of his opposition to the hasty process that led to the implementation of the mask mandate.”

    This is not unbiased journalism; it belongs in an editorial section.

  • Free Bird August 5, 2020 at 6:11 pm Reply

    Dictator daines and the slithering snake amy anderson need to be written to, called every chance you get.

    The dictator – (435) 716-9002

    The slithering snake –
    Amy Z. Anderson
    1297 North Aspen Drive
    Logan, UT 84341
    Cell: 881-9211

  • Jonathan White August 6, 2020 at 7:48 pm Reply

    I agree with wearing mask. Because it helping us being safe

    • prince albert August 7, 2020 at 12:05 am Reply

      Good for you Jonathon. Keep wearing that diaper on your face. We need a good laugh.

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