“If the council, in its infinite wisdom, negates this order, there will be more misery,” he said. “There will be more infection. There will be more death.”
He also pleaded with council members to set aside concerns about legal issues and listen to public health officials.
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Most were not interested.
Trakas sought to pin Khan down on whether the mandate would regulate access to business — which would trigger the new state law requiring council approval.
Faisal said he would expect businesses to enforce the order, but declined to comment on whether that would trigger the law.
Days, the council chair, expressed frustration with all the restrictions.
“We have done everything that you have asked us to do … and yet we are still in a predicament,” Days said. “So something is not working.”
County resident after county resident offered similar remarks in two hours of public comment.
Hans Fiene, of Ballwin, said requiring masks for everyone again would undercut messaging on the need to get vaccinated.
“The best thing to do is allow people to make up their own minds,” he said.
“It’s time to once again trust the residents of this county to make their own decisions,” added Matt Doebler, also of Ballwin. “It’s time to end rule by mandate.”
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