Masks off in BW, effective May 1

BLYTHEWOOD – Wearing masks will no longer be part of the Town’s emergency ordinance, beginning May 1. Council voted 3 – 2 Monday night to amend the Town’s emergency ordinance to not require face masks in the town limits. Voting against were Councilmen Sloan Griffin and Larry Griffin.

While masks will no longer be required and the park, Manor and other town government areas have been open to the public for months, town hall remains closed with no word about when it might reopen, according to a town hall employee. Mayor Bryan Franklin has not responded to The Voice about when the town hall might be reopened to the public. It has been closed since March 16, 2020.

“Is there a reason to make the mask requirement expire?” Sloan Griffin asked. “We’re still in a pandemic.”

“We’ve been wearing masks for a year,” Councilman Eddie Baughman said. “It’s time we get back to normal.”

Business owners and churches can still require the wearing of masks in their businesses and churches within the town.

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