“The resolution doesn’t go far enough for me but I agree 100 percent that we need to encourage people to wear masks at all times,” she said.
At Monday’s meeting, Sandy Springs council members voted to not read public comments from residents on the issue, saying it could take hours. The city clerk received about 52 comments, most expressing an opinion on whether face masks should be mandated or not during the pandemic.
Mayor Rusty Paul told the council that three family members, including his 94-year-old mother, are currently battling the disease. He also said that two close friends who were brothers died on the same day after being diagnosed with the virus.
“I don’t think anything has been more challenging, more stressful, more concerning than the challenge that we are dealing with, with the pandemic today,” he said. “There is a tremendous amount of angst and concern, particularly among the vulnerable population, of which I am one.”
Paul added that he is encouraged by the numbers of people he sees in public wearing masks.
Sandy Springs will also start listing local businesses on the city website that require face masks inside their establishments. The list is to inform people in the community who are concerned about masks where they can go and know to some extent what owners or management is doing to keep it safe from COVID-19.