October 4, 2023

Huntington Seaside is shifting forward to seemingly declare itself a “no masks and no vaccine mandate” metropolis, preemptively taking a stand forward of any future orders from well being businesses.

Councilmember Gracey Van Der Mark created the proposal. After a 4-3 approval vote from the Metropolis Council, town supervisor will return with a decision on the subsequent council assembly for formal adoption.

“That is all about particular person liberty and standing towards authorities intrusion,” Van Der Mark stated.

As a result of unfold of a brand new COVID-19 variant, the proposal goals to get forward of “further dialogue of doable new broad (common) mask-wearing mandates and pushes for vaccination boosters.”

Councilmember Dan Kalmick spoke at size towards the proposal, questioning why town was making public well being determinations. He added that Huntington Seaside permits folks to do as they please with masks and vaccines already.

“There aren’t any rumblings of masks or vaccine mandates,” Kalmick stated.