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ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis County Council passed a resolution supporting a mask mandate Friday afternoon. The vote came during a special meeting following a hearing Thursday.

The council voted 4-0 in favor of the resolution. Three council members abstained.

 The two Democratic African American Councilwomen who in the past had sided with Republicans in opposing a mandate changed sides this time around. They had been getting a lot of heat from some corners of the Black Community that favored a mandate. The Republicans on the council abstained.

The adopted resolution supports a July 26 order by St. Louis County Executive Sam Page and Acting Public Health Director Faisal Khan.

The resolution has no force of law, so the status quo won’t change meaning that there is still no enforced mask mandate in St Louis County.