On Tuesday, Jan. 18, the Board of Commissioners held a Public Hearing on Required Face Coverings to receive feedback on reinstituting the mask mandate in Charles County. Following the public hearing on the emergency legislation, they voted 2-3 against Resolution 2021-21, which if passed would have required individuals to wear face coverings inside all indoor public spaces in Charles County. A supermajority vote (4-1 or 5-0) was required to have emergency legislation enacted. Commissioners Vice President Rucci and Commissioner Bowling III voted no, while Commissioner President Collins II and Commissioners Coates and Stewart voted yes.
County Attorney Wes Adams provided an overview of the proposed resolution. Charles County’s Health Officer Dr. Dianna E. Abney shared data and other relevant information regarding current COVID-19 statistics, including vaccination rates, case rates, hospitalizations, and deaths. Prior to the public hearing, County Commissioners held a virtual briefing with Dr. Maria Navarro, Charles County Public Schools Superintendent, and members of the Charles County Board of Education to provide an update on the status of COVID-19 in public schools.