Continue to wear a mask in public. It’s still required in Jackson County.

That’s the latest message handed down by the Jackson County Board of Supervisors after Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ removed mask requirements and some social distancing mandates Feb. 7.

Supervisor Jack Willey said the supervisors received many phone calls from people asking about Jackson’s countywide mask mandate, which took effect Nov. 17.

“I believe it’s important that more people get vaccinated” before the supervisors lift the mandate, Willey said Feb. 9. “We will continue the mask mandate until April and re-evaluate it at that time.”

The county resolution requires everyone age 3 and older to wear a face covering in public, interior spaces and outdoor spaces if they cannot maintain 6 feet of social distance. This includes grocery stores, pharmacies, retail stores, etc.

People do not need to wear a mask when exercising or while seated at a food or bar establishment and eating or drinking. However, they must wear a mask up until they reach their seats.

People at risk of suffocation, who have trouble breathing, or who have been told by a health or legal professional not to wear face coverings are exempt.