The Fargo City Commission took action regarding masking in the community Monday night at their regular commission meeting in council chambers at Fargo’s City Hall.
On a 4-1 vote, the commissioners approved a directive, which means masking is recommended, but not mandated or punishable by law. Commissioner Dave Piepkorn cast the lone dissenting vote against the motion, which was brought to the table by fellow Commissioner John Strand. The commission held extensive discussion prior to the final vote of the five-member commission.
The directive requests residents wear masks in situations where social distancing could not be accomplished, along with situations where others are present. The directive would not be a mandatory law such as Minnesota currently has enacted due to COVID-19.
As far as a mandate or an ordinance is concerned, Fargo City Commissioner Tony Gehrig tells WZFG News those options are “not off the table.”
City bus riders will be required to wear masks beginning on August 3, as the bus system does cross into Minnesota. The City of Fargo made the decision to conform with Minnesota’s mandate.
Transit Director Matt Peterson says anyone who uses the bus system and does not wear a mask could face a trespass notice and be banned from using the service.
As of Monday at 11 a.m., Cass County reported 2,816 cases of COVID-19. 75 of those cases have resulted in death, and 2,605 of the cases have recovered.