ND Legislature moves to require masks at Capitol, less than 14% of hospital beds available statewide
BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota lawmakers have decided to require masks at the state Capitol for the three-day organizational session. The vote Tuesday is supported by legislative leaders but opposed by far-right members of the Republican-controlled Legislature.
House Majority Leader Chet Pollert and Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner told reporters on Tuesday that they support a mask mandate in Capitol legislative spaces to help protect North Dakota lawmakers as well as the public.
Lawmakers are expected to finalize the rules Thursday for their upcoming session, set to convene January 5, 2021.
North Dakota added an additional 409 positive COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. 13.8% of staffed beds are currently available statewide.
Cass County (Fargo) leads the state in coronavirus cases with 1,162 active positives. The next-highest county, Burleigh (Bismarck), has 827 positives.