Anti-mask disruption halts council meeting in Walla Walla


A visitor wearing a mask to protect against the spread of COVID-19 passes a sign requiring masks, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in San Antonio. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has declared masks or face coverings must be worn in public across most of the state as local officials across the state say their hospitals are becoming increasingly stretched and are in danger of becoming overrun as cases of the coronavirus surge. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) — A day after a school board meeting in Walla Walla, Washington was halted because of a person protesting COVID-19 mask requirements, a council meeting there was shut down by an anti-mask crowd.

The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin reports about 100 people packed into the City Council chambers Wednesday at least partly because of bogus rumors of a city-wide vaccination mandate.

In reality, the council planned to discuss a federal vaccines mandate for large employers, which elected officials believe may apply to city employees.

After Mayor Tom Scribner told the crowd that masks were available and required, a woman and then others questioned his and a police officer’s authority. City leaders ended the meeting.

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