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Mask Mandate

The North Dakota Senate has passed an amended bill, that prohibits any state government official from issuing a mask mandate.

The original HB 1323l would have also prohibited local governments and businesses from issuing mask mandates.

The amendment’s author – Sen. Jessica Bell (R-Beulah) – said it was a compromise between freedom and safety.

"We are looking for a balance between holding our freedoms that are important to all of us, as well as insuring that people feel safe," Bell told the Senate.

Mask mandate to expire Monday, Jan 18

Jan 15, 2021

Governor Doug Burgum says the state health officer order that mandates the wearing of face coverings in North Dakota will expire as scheduled on Monday, January 18 at 8am.

At a COVID-19 briefing with the state health department, Burgum says the state is currently in a much different position than it was just a couple of months ago. Active cases have dropped by over 80 percent, hospitalizations have dropped 74 percent and the 14-day rolling positivity rate is now the 4th lowest in the nation at 4.7 percent.

Fargo issues city-wide mask mandate

Oct 20, 2020
City of Fargo / City of Fargo

This is about science… it’s not about politics.” And with that, Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney enacted a mask mandate for North Dakota’s largest city. Reporter Todd McDonald has details…