With city council members in Nixa turning down a mandatory masking ordinance, local health leaders are now urging the board of aldermen in Ozark to require people to wear a face mask in public.

But not everyone on the board is on board.

Alderman Jason Shaffer says “really what we’re talking about is punishing our citizens for not choosing a behavior that we think is most appropriate.”

Alderman Justin Brantner says “it’s just kind of our due diligence as society to protect each other. It’s just a piece of cloth. It doesn’t bother me.”

Chris Armstrong says “it’s my right to choose how I should live my life. I don’t need government to tell me.”

If an ordinance is drawn up, it could be up for public discussion as early as Monday, August 3rd.

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