Dawn-Euphemia’s mayor looking for mask direction

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Dawn-Euphemia Mayor Al Broad is looking for clear direction from his council on whether face masks should be mandatory in the community.

In July, Lambton County councillors decided against a county-wide bylaw to mandate masks to limit the spread of COVID-19. Councillors voted against the idea some citing the advice of the medical officer of health who said mandatory wasn’t necessary at this time since almost all of the cases of COVID-19 could be traced to close contact not spread in the community.

In the wake of the decision, Sarnia, Petrolia, Lambton Shores and Point Edward each pass a mandatory bylaw while Plympton-Wyoming and St. Clair turnsd the idea down.

But Wednesday, Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley is expected to ask county councillors once again to implement a county-wide bylaw.

Broad has called a special meeting for Tuesday night to ask for a clear mandate from his council on the issue.

“A motion will be out forward by someone, even if the mayor has to make it, to give our residents and the county a clear direction on where our council stands on the mandatory bylaw,” Broad tells The Independent in an email.

“It appears the majority at this time are not in favour of a mandatory bylaw but I guess that it subject to change by Tuesday night.”