Those in the majority on the City Commission felt that masks were too "burdensome" for residents and businesses, and because the city could not punish those who did not comply, what was the point in keeping the mandate in place? Besides, people are just going to do what they want, they contended.
"This was one of those ordinances that was done as a public spectacle," said Vice Mayor Erik Arroyo. "People don't really respect us as a commission for us trying to regulate every single little thing. It might make us feel good about passing it, but it just doesn't work, and I think we need to stop this now."