Leaders in the city of Ozark have put off a decision regarding mandatory masking until at least Monday.
The Board of Aldermen will hold a second reading of the ordinance on August 17. The Council will then vote on the measure, but will not be taking any more public input.
The meeting lasted over four hours with both sides of the debate well represented by city residents. Dr. Robin Trotman, infectious disease expert from CoxHealth, spent almost an hour speaking to the Aldermen and taking questions.
A spokesperson for the city said that an online survey regarding the ordinance received a significant amount of responses.
The meeting was held at the Ozark Community Center because of the anticipated interest from the public in the ordinance. All attendees to the meeting were required to have temperature checks at the entrance and were required to wear masks.