WATCH: Standing ovation given as St. Louis County Council repeals mask mandate

The council voted 5-2 to repeal the mandate after hearing from citizens who were fed up with having to mask up.

Elie Cantin-Nantel Ottawa ON

St. Louis County Council's decision to repeal their mask mandate on Tuesday was met with celebrations and a standing ovation.

The council voted 5-2 to repeal the mandate after hearing from citizens who were fed up with having to mask up, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports.

"Too many American men and women have given the last full measure of devotion for us to be cavalier with the very liberty they fought and died to provide," said Republican Councilman Ernie Trakas.

Adding that he "will not abide any measures that seek to compromise or erode our liberty and freedom."

However, Democrat county executive Sam Page was displeased with the decision, saying "we as elected officials cannot stand by and let the delta variant rack up more and more victims each and every day. Masks will help slow the spread of the virus while we continue to vaccinate as many people as we can."

The council's vote to end the mask mandate came on the same day that the Biden administration's CDC recommended that fully vaccinated people mask up again due to the Delta variant.


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