Turner said he supports mask wearing, but that he is following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines that say fully vaccinated people can go into buildings without face coverings.
“I would also take this opportunity to encourage everyone to get vaccinated,” he told the meeting audience, which was sparsely seated to observe social distancing rules. “We are one of those counties who are lagging in terms of vaccinations.”
Commissioner DeMont Davis said keeping the mandate is necessary because even vaccinated people are contracting the disease.
“Considering we are talking about public facilities, we need to put into place protocols that are going to protect all folk,” he said. “I would prefer to err on the side of caution.”