Boots Defends Schuylkill County Mask Order
Schuylkill County Commissioner Boots Hetherington, on Wednesday, defende the County’s decision to re-introduce a mask order for employees and visitors at County-owned buildings, including the Courthouse.
The policy went into effect on Tuesday.
Boots said Wednesday that he got several calls regarding the new mask mandate at the Schuylkill County Courthouse and other county-run facilities. He suggested the callers were worried that implementing the mask order when the County did was premature.
“Let me assure you, this was not a knee-jerk reaction,” he said.
Boots said that the Commissioners and several other members of the Courthouse brain trust got together to discuss the issue of face masks. He said the “conversation” was “very lengthy”.
From the very lengthy discussion, Boots said that County facilities will impose a mask order when there are 5 consecutive days that Schuylkill County is considered a Substantial risk of community spread of COVID. Schuylkill County is now considered at high risk of community spread of COVID.
Boots added that they expected about 375 potential jurors visiting the Courthouse so they felt it would be prudent to require masks be worn.
He added that members of the Schuylkill County Sheriff’s office would begin conducting temperature screenings for employees and visitors to the Courthouse.
This new mask order applies to people who have and haven’t gotten a COVID vaccine.
Boots said, “Scientists are telling us that people who have had (COVID) and those who are vaccinated can still be carriers.
“Masks can be inconvenient but I think the benefits outweigh the risks,” he added.
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