Board balks at mask mandate

FAIRLEE—The Fairlee Selectboard opted against a mask mandate after discussion on Monday night. Instead, town officials said they will recommend that businesses ask patrons and employees to wear a mask in public indoor settings.
After a special legislative session in November, Gov. Phil Scott signed a law permitting municipalities to require face coverings and masks in public indoor settings to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The mandate remains in effect for 45 days unless the selectboard or city council renews the measure for 30-day increments.