NAPERVILLE, Ill. (WLS) — A proposed mandate that would make wearing a mask mandatory indoors and outdoors failed in west suburban Naperville Tuesday night.

Hundreds of public comments were read during the virtual meeting before the council voted against it 5-4. The vast majority of those comments expressed strong opposition to the measure, which would have required those in Naperville to wear masks at all times while in public.

Councilwoman Judith Brodhead voted in favor of the proposal. She said the resolution was about making people feel more comfortable in downtown and hopefully bring in business.

“My view is that a lot of people stay from the downtown because they think there are too many unmasked people,” Brodhead said.

Brodhead believed misinformation fueled Tuesday night’s vocal opposition and argued that the proposed ordinance would not have been more restrictive than the state mask mandate already in effect.

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