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To mask or not to mask

Commissioners ask governor to remove gathering and masking requirements

COLUMBUS—The Polk County Board of Commissioners made a statement last week that they do not agree with the governor’s masking and gathering requirements. 

The Polk County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution asking North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper to eliminate the gathering and masking requirements as soon as feasibly possible. 

The resolution says that Polk County citizens are dealing with the restrictions put in place by Cooper’s executive order and it is impacting business and economic development. 

The resolution also says that the board of commissioners cannot legally approve or disapprove of masking and gathering requirements. 

Following is the full resolution commissioners approve last week: 

Polk County Masking and Covid-19 Restriction Resolution

Whereas, the Polk County Commissioners recognize and acknowledge the life safety and economic crisis that has come as a result of Covid-19; and

Whereas, Polk County employees and community partners have worked very hard to ensure vaccinations are available to our citizens; and

Whereas, Polk County Citizens are dealing with the restrictions put in place by

Governor Cooper’s executive order requiring masking and gathering is impacting both business and economic development; and

Whereas, the Polk County Board of Commissioners can’t legally approve or disapprove of masking and gathering requirements put into place by the

Governor’s Executive Order; and

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Polk County Board of

Commissioners encourage Governor Cooper to eliminate the gathering and masking requirements, as soon as feasibly possible, from his Executive Order.