As Indiana’s statewide mask mandate expired Tuesday, several southern Indiana counties also decided they would not impose stricter guidelines than the state.Local governments are the only entities that are able to impose guidelines after state officials announced the mask mandate would become an advisory, doing away with the requirement in all public spaces.While Scottsburg Mayor Terry Amick said the city was seeing an increase of COVID-19 cases because of spring break, there would be no stricter guidelines as the expired mandate signaled a step forward.”COVID fatigue, and economic fatigue, because it has been an economic drain on our businesses and on our nation,” Amick said.Despite the decision, Amick said he wanted to encourage people to continue wearing masks. They are still required at city hall.”We’ve all decided to go forward with as much protection as we can to be the example for our community,” Amick said. “Now will everybody obey? No, but we want to make sure we’re the example because we need to cut this pandemic back.”He also hoped businesses would require them inside of establishments as well.”What we’re asking (is) businesses to do what you feel is best for your business,” Amick said. “The governor is giving you that freedom but we’re asking is if you can, continue to comply while our numbers continue to lower.”For some like Scottsburg resident Tonya Lowe who said she lost a sister-in-law to the virus, she would only wear a mask when she had to and was glad Gov. Eric Holcomb lifted the mandate.”I think it should’ve been a choice from the start,” Lowe said. “Being forced to wear one all the time hasn’t been the idea that should be put on anybody.”Dallas Smith said she and her family are high-risk for severe COVID-19 and disagreed with the governor’s decision but hoped fellow Hoosiers would do the right thing.”Out of all the dumb stuff our governor’s done, that’s high on the list,” Smith said. “I don’t want someone to end up giving it to me and have me accidentally have that travel to my family members.””Most people want to see this go away and some people are going to refuse no matter what,” Amick said. “We can see the line approaching, the finish line approaching but we’ve gotta get there. If we see the numbers begin to increase, the city of Scottsburg will begin to impose stricter regulations on folks.”Clark County Health Department officer Eric Yazel said the county would also not be imposing stricter guidelines. Harrison County Health Department also was going to follow the state advisory.

As Indiana’s statewide mask mandate expired Tuesday, several southern Indiana counties also decided they would not impose stricter guidelines than the state.

Local governments are the only entities that are able to impose guidelines after state officials announced the mask mandate would become an advisory, doing away with the requirement in all public spaces.

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While Scottsburg Mayor Terry Amick said the city was seeing an increase of COVID-19 cases because of spring break, there would be no stricter guidelines as the expired mandate signaled a step forward.

“COVID fatigue, and economic fatigue, because it has been an economic drain on our businesses and on our nation,” Amick said.

Despite the decision, Amick said he wanted to encourage people to continue wearing masks. They are still required at city hall.

“We’ve all decided to go forward with as much protection as we can to be the example for our community,” Amick said. “Now will everybody obey? No, but we want to make sure we’re the example because we need to cut this pandemic back.”

He also hoped businesses would require them inside of establishments as well.

“What we’re asking (is) businesses to do what you feel is best for your business,” Amick said. “The governor is giving you that freedom but we’re asking is if you can, continue to comply while our numbers continue to lower.”

For some like Scottsburg resident Tonya Lowe who said she lost a sister-in-law to the virus, she would only wear a mask when she had to and was glad Gov. Eric Holcomb lifted the mandate.

“I think it should’ve been a choice from the start,” Lowe said. “Being forced to wear one all the time hasn’t been the idea that should be put on anybody.”

Dallas Smith said she and her family are high-risk for severe COVID-19 and disagreed with the governor’s decision but hoped fellow Hoosiers would do the right thing.

“Out of all the dumb stuff our governor’s done, that’s high on the list,” Smith said. “I don’t want someone to end up giving it to me and have me accidentally have that travel to my family members.”

“Most people want to see this go away and some people are going to refuse no matter what,” Amick said. “We can see the line approaching, the finish line approaching but we’ve gotta get there. If we see the numbers begin to increase, the city of Scottsburg will begin to impose stricter regulations on folks.”

Clark County Health Department officer Eric Yazel said the county would also not be imposing stricter guidelines. Harrison County Health Department also was going to follow the state advisory.

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