While much of North Idaho has resisted, Moscow adopted a mask mandate in June

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Moscow did last month what much of the rest of North Idaho has resisted and what Kootenai County did Thursday despite vocal opposition: adopted a mask mandate.

Since June 30, the home of the University of Idaho has had a citywide ordinance in place requiring people to wear face masks in public settings – both indoor and outdoor – where 6-foot social distancing cannot be maintained with non-household members.

The ordinance was part of a public health emergency order Moscow Mayor Bill Lambert issued in response to a surge of reported coronavirus cases in Latah County and the state of Idaho.