Indianapolis City-County Council Republicans want to strike down the county’s mask mandate.
Republicans on the council have proposed a resolution to repeal the mandate and any penalties that come with noncompliance. Businesses currently face possible closures or fines if they fail to enforce mask requirements. They say the Marion County Public Health Department should not have the authority to require the use of masks.
Democratic Councilor Ali Brown responded in a statement calling the move a political stunt. The resolution is unlikely to be approved as Democrats hold a super majority in the council.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public. During testimony before a Senate panel in Washington earlier this week, CDC Director Robert Redfield said the masks were "the most important, powerful public health tool we have" to slow spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Later that same day, President Donald Trump downplayed the importance of masks.