Vigo County Commissioners are not mandating masks but judges require them at courthouse

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VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Vigo County Commissioners are not implementing a mask mandate, the board announced Monday in a letter.

The announcement comes after recent updated mask guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Vigo County Commissioners say in a letter that “the new CDC guidelines reflect circumstances that exist in other places that are different from the conditions experienced in Terre Haute and Vigo County, Indiana.”

“What’s happening in Florida or Texas is not necessarily happening right here in Vigo County,” Vigo County Commissioner Chris Switzer said. “So as we move forward we want to look at what’s going on in our own backyard before we make any decisions that matchup with the national level.”

The commissioners go on to say “in Vigo County, we believe health decisions are best made by individuals, not national health agencies”.

Switzer stressed that the Commissioners will continue to work with the local health department to make decisions in the future.

“We’re working with the health department to look at those decisions in the future and whatever happens we’ll tackle at that time,” Switzer said.

Monday afternoon, the six Vigo County Superior Court judges issued an order stating masks must be worn by everyone entering the Vigo County Courthouse regardless of vaccination status.

A free disposable mask will be given to anyone who needs it.

Social distancing is also required.

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