PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Less than a month after a mask mandate bill introduced by two Allegheny County councilmembers was thrown out, one of them is coming back again with another push for mask-wearing.
The requests detailed in the new legislation are far less severe than the previous one where the sponsors were actually intending for Council itself to mandate masks and issue $100 fines for people who did not comply.READ MORE: How Leaders From Different Congregations Came Together To Participate In Tree Of Life Remembrance Ceremony
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In the new motion sponsored by Councilmember Olivia Bennet, she’s asking the Allegheny County Health Department to consider implementing a mask mandate for indoor gatherings across the county any time the seven-day average of positive COVID test results reaches 5 percent or higher, or when the transmission rate reaches moderate levels.
To back her request, Bennet cites extensive information from the CDC about the effectiveness of masking in the fight against COVID.
The motion on Tuesday received mixed reviews during a fiery public comment session.READ MORE: Allegheny County Leaders Call For Another Extension On Countywide Eviction Moratorium
Some people KDKA spoke to found the mandate useless.
“I feel like it’s been, what, almost two years now? It kinda is what it is. It’s run its path. I don’t think it’s necessary,” said Patrick Duffy from Carrick.
Others believe there are benefits.
“I’m for it. Why wouldn’t we want to keep everyone safe? We have our elders. We have our young ones,” said Ashley Giles from Forest Hills.
Bennett also suggests employers across the county consider a vaccine mandate for workers and offer incentives for getting one.MORE NEWS: 11 Trees Planted In Schenley Park Commemorate Lives Lost 3 Years Ago At Tree Of Life
Council did not vote on the bill on Tuesday. It was sent to the committee by Bennett for further discussion.