We don’t do this often — in fact, this might be the very first time.
Tonight we share news from our sister publication, 1808Delaware, about two votes on a timely issue that has also been in the public conversations in Richland County over the last few days – the mandatory wearing of face coverings. In fact, one Mansfield media personality (not from 1812Blockhouse) was involved in social media conversation on the Facebook livestream of Monday’s meeting of Delaware City Council.
On Monday, the Board of Trustees of the Delaware County District Library voted to require all staff and patrons to wear face coverings to enter library buildings. The vote was 3 to 2.
1808Delaware’s coverage of that story can be found here.
On Monday evening, Delaware City Council heard public statements and correspondence; listened to a report from Shelia Hiddleson of the Delaware General Health District; and spent a total of three hours considering a city-wide mask mandate in Delaware.
Comments received from all sources totaled 13 in favor of the mandate and 24 against.
At the conclusion of the debate, Mayor Carolyn Riggle noted that by her count, two Council members would support such a measure while five would not. With that, she indicated that she felt there was no reason to have legislation prepared for an additional “up or down” vote, and the measure failed.