Antrim commissioner signs letter demanding mask mandate be rescinded

Linda Gallagher

REGION — Four county commissioners, including Antrim County Commissioner Jarris Rubingh, of Banks Township, recently responded to the Health Dept. of Northwest Michigan's mask mandate in all schools of last week with a letter demanding the order be rescinded. 

The commissioners from Otsego, Emmet, Antrim and Charlevoix counties posted the letter dated Monday, Aug. 30.

The health department issued the order last Friday, citing the recent rise in COVID-19 in the health department's four-county region. The letter from the commissioners of each county under the Health Department of Northwest Michigan states the rights of school communities were violated with the mandate.

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