TenHaken casts tie-breaking vote that defeats mask mandate in Sioux Falls

November 11, 2020

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Sioux Falls’ mayor cast the tie-breaking vote that defeated a proposed mask mandate in the state’s largest city.

After more than two hours of public comment, Mayor Paul TenHaken rejected the mandate after the City Council tied 4-4 on the ordinance Tuesday night.

The mandate would have required face coverings to be worn by people in most indoor public places where 6-foot social distancing was not achievable.

Violations carried a $50 fine.

The Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce opposed the mandate, saying there wasn’t enough clarity around potential effects on businesses.

Several faith leaders in the city supported it.