The City of Isanti passed a resolution objecting to any future mask mandates during their October 5th city council meeting.
The resolution states that the council does not support mask mandates or any other mandate that will infringe on the rights of the residents of Isanti, especially as such mandates are related to COVID-19.
The resolution also states that the council supports individual freedoms and does not agree with government mandates forcing an individual to wear a face covering or mask.
Council-Member Paul Bergley stated during the meeting that the resolution is about freedom of choice.
"This is not an anti-mask mandate, this is not an anti-science mandate, this is not an anti-establish mandate. This is a pro-freedom mandate. If someone wants to wear a mask, let them. If someone doesn't want to wear a mask, let that person not wear a mask as well."
Mayor Jeff Johnson also commented on the resolution, adding to Council-Member Bergley statement, saying “And that's because it's their constitutional right.”
According to the Minnesota Department of Health, Isanti County has experienced over 5,000 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.