Vice Mayor Keith Funk, who said he’s not against masks and wears a mask at work and in public with his family, believes residents are well-informed and educated on preventing COVID-19. He said the city has had 20 reported cases. However, if the Butler County Health Department is promoting the wearing of masks but are not enforcing it, he did not think the city should place any undue stress on businesses, residents or the administration and could not vote for it.
Councilman Tom Callahan said government should not be doing this and people who feel threatened should decide for themselves if they wish to wear a mask in public. Callahan also said he has yet to wear a mask in public and has never felt threatened to do so.
“I disagree with telling people to wear masks,” Callahan said. “The next thing you do, you’ll be telling people to wear scarves around their head.”