Fargo Mayor Dr. Tim Mahoney has issued a mask mandate for the City of Fargo.

In creating the mask mandate, Mahoney cited several COVID-19 trends and developments, including increased hospitalizations and death rate, risk level escalation from moderate to high, high level of community spread within the county, overwhelmed contact tracing, recommendations from Fargo Cass Public Health's Board of Health, a request by 65 pediatricians and the North Dakota Medical Association for a mask mandate, an increasingly negative impact on the city's workforce and recommendations for local control, as necessary, by North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum.

The mandate is effective immediately and is in effect until the "underlying state of emergency has ended, unless it is sooner modified or terminated by the mayor or unless it is modified or terminated sooner by motion or resolution approved by the Fargo board of city commissioners.

"This is about science, not politics," Mahoney said. "This is our community's health."

At Monday's City Commission meeting, Mahoney says there will be no penalty. To view the mandate, in its entirety, click here.

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