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.  

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