Tift County Commission to hold decision on mask mandate

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(TIFTON, GA) – The Tift County Commission is bringing up the issue on whether or not to enact a mask mandate in the county.

County Commission Chairman, Grady Thompson says that the mandate isn’t necessary in Tift County due to consistently low trends.

Thompson tells us, “It isn’t going up. And while it might be going up in some places, but i spoke with the hospital yesterday, and they’re going down. They have some cases, but not many.”

At this time, masks are only required on county properties, though a proposal in the mandate would make it a requirement in privately owned spaces as well as in public.

District 2 Commissioner, Melissa Hughes, who battled COVID-19 earlier this year believes that while everyone should mask up, it shouldn’t be a requirement.

She says, “Although, from what the CDC says, it will flatten the curve and keep us safe. But that isn’t what the majority wants.”

While the county commission will reconvene on the matter after 30 days, the commission doesn’t want to see any more businesses suffer from lockdown.

“…Governmental buildings? We’re going to require masks to come in. But as far as the rest of the community, we’re going to leave it up to them. But governmental buildings like the courthouse, the administration building here, we’re going to require masks,” says Thompson.

Commissioners will meet again in October to make a decision on the mask mandate.