The Joplin City Council passes a mask mandate for the city

Joplin Council Vote

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Joplin City Council held a special meeting Thursday night to discuss two things, one of which, was a new mask mandate for the city. Council voted 6 in favor with 3 against to approve a new mask mandate for the city.

The new mandate approved tonight goes into effect immediately and is set to expire on February 28, 2021 at 11:59pm.

Back in August, the city allowed the original mandate to expire. However, COVID-19 cases have been on the rise and that prompted health care leaders to issue a letter to communities in the area asking them to implement mask mandates.

Mayor Stanley responded in a letter Tuesday saying the city is aware the cases are on the rise and would be speaking with neighboring city and county officials and then that information would be presented to the city council. We spoke with those who are both for and against the mandate.

Jon Buck is for the mandate and says “I had one of my friends that went to the hospital on Friday, got there at 5:30 in the evening, and still didn’t see a doctor by six a-m, the wait times for non-COVID needs are being affected by this as well.
Abigail Covington is against the mandate and says “You know, people are going to say no, when they might have otherwise when it wasn’t a big deal, they’re going to say ‘well now, on principal, I’m going to fight this.'”