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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: the future of West Lafayette’s COVID-19 mask mandate is on the table at next week’s city council meeting. As Gov. Eric Holcomb extends the state’s public health emergency through the end of June, and as Indiana continues to make its way out of the pandemic, how is the city handling the future of post-COVID life?

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West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis issued an executive order Friday ending the enforcement of the city’s mask-wearing ordinance. The move followed Thursday’s announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks or socially distance.

Dennis reiterated Friday he will urge the complete withdrawal of the mandate at the next city council meeting on June 7. 

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: West Lafayette’s mask mandate could be lifted next month. How will the city continue to transition away from COVID-19 restrictions as summer approaches and COVID vaccinations become even easier to obtain, for an even broader range of age groups?  

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: mask mandates are back up for debate in Indiana after Gov. Eric Holcomb announced an end to the statewide order starting next week. In West Lafayette, the local mandate will remain in place. How will area residents navigate different rules in different places in the coming months?

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: the city of West Lafayette extended its local mask mandate this week, as Indiana’s broader mask mandate continues -- and as other states have announced a rollback to their own mask rules. When will a face covering mandate for Hoosiers be back up for debate – and will West Lafayette follow the state?

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: COVID-19 numbers are trending downward across Indiana. And as vaccinations continue, so does the discussion about which Hoosier recipients take priority – including in Tippecanoe County, where area educators reached out this week to the governor with concerns about their place in the state’s vaccine plan.

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: Indiana’s vaccination rollout continues, with first responders and Hoosiers aged 80 and older added to the state’s list of recipients. How and when can people register to receive their shots, and how can local officials and agencies help facilitate the process and keep residents informed about next steps?

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: as 2020 comes to a close, COVID-19 case numbers continue to rise, hospitals continue to cope with increasing pressure, and more holiday gatherings are on the horizon that could worsen the local outlook in December. How far should restrictions go to prevent a worst-case scenario for residents and health care providers?

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: it’s November, with football games in full swing, colder weather and holidays on the way, and a local, statewide, and national upswing in COVID-19 cases already in progress. What actions should be taken now to prevent a large spike in cases in the coming months?

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: Stage 5 of Indiana’s reopening plan began this past weekend, and although the mask mandate remains in place, most businesses are able to open at capacity. More broadly, what’s going to change in communities, what will stay the same -- and what will never be the same again?

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: Purdue University is in session, and the city of West Lafayette is readjusting to life with students back in town and back on campus.  What’s the progress report on how residents and students are sharing the same space again? And how is the city working with Purdue to stay informed about the latest COVID developments within the student body?

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UPDATE, 8/13/20: The Tippecanoe County Health Department has issued a revised version of this order. Restaurant drive-throughs -- and curbside and delivery service -- are exempt from the order, as long as those services continue to operate under COVID-19 mitigation guidelines. (The order includes bars and nightclubs in that stipulation.) In-person dining can resume at restaurants at 5 a.m. Bars and nightclubs can open "as permitted by applicable regulatory authority".

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Starting Friday, all Tippecanoe County bars, restaurants, and nightclubs will operate under new restrictions from the county health department. 

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: it’s August, and after months away, Purdue University students are returning to campus for the start of a new school year. Is West Lafayette prepared for the influx of people headed into the city – and how will residents be affected in the days, weeks, and months to come?

Emilie Syberg / WBAA

While the city of West Lafayette mandated mask-wearing this week to combat the spread of COVID-19, face coverings still won’t be required in Lafayette and Tippecanoe County, officials said Wednesday. 

 

Emma Atkinson / WTIU

Face coverings are now required in West Lafayette to help mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19 -- and people who violate that mandate will face a financial penalty. 

 

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