Dr Travis Riddell has told local officials that Teton County needed a mandatory mask rule. In a letter to Mayor Pete Muldoon Riddell said, “I have determined that a county-wide face covering mandate is now necessary for the protection of the public’s health. The Order is built upon our previous Public Health Recommendations and concordant with many similar such orders currently in place in many communities around the country and our region. It is limited in scope to target mask wearing in situations where risk of person-to-person spread is highest.
Riddell said, “as I discussed in detail at our Community Update (Friday), current public health metrics are indicating resurgence of COVID-19 in Teton County. Our business community and resort economy simply cannot endure a return to High Risk (Red) level without suffering catastrophic economic damage. We need an expedient solution. A mandatory mask regulation provides us with one we could implement immediately. Our community cannot afford to “wait and see”. This request also reflects the general opinion of many local business owners who have struggled to comply with voluntary mask recommendations”.