The Superior City Council could strike down a mandate requiring masks in indoor public spaces.

Mayor Jim Paine said late Thursday, May 13, that he asked for the matter to be placed on the agenda Tuesday, May 18, for consideration. The council meets at 6:30 p.m. in the Government Center boardroom.

The decision came after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidance concerning masks for people fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

The decision to extend the mask requirement to June 1 was made in a 7-3 vote April 20.

Paine said he spoke to Douglas County’s public health officer, Kathy Ronchi, and she suggested the masking requirement is no longer necessary.

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Douglas County’s seven-day average for new positive tests has remained in single digit numbers since the council extended the mask mandate in April as vaccinations continued. So far, 40.1% of county residents were fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and 47.3% of the county’s population has received at least one dose of vaccine.

Starting Tuesday, May 18, anyone 12 or older will be eligible to begin their vaccine series with the Pfizer vaccine at the community-based clinic at Wessman Arena. The clinic is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. No appointment is necessary.