CNN’s Jennifer Henderson and Raja Razek contributed to this report.
Despite the vote, Page said the mask mandate is still in effect until the lawsuit is resolved. It was an attendee of that meeting that tested positive for Covid-19. Most of those who made a public comment at the meeting were in favor of reversing the mask mandate and few wore masks.
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Faisal Khan, acting director of the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health spoke at the meeting to explain the public health rationale behind the mask mandate and later told CNN he faced “racist, xenophobic, and threatening behavior” from the crowd. Missouri’s attorney general filed a lawsuit the day the mandate went into effect.Meanwhile, the St. Louis County Council voted 5-2 Tuesday to overturn the mask mandate, which was announced by County Executive Dr. Sam Page the day prior.
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