Lebanon City Council considers banning vaccine mandate for city workers

It would become the first city in the Tri-State to impose such a ban.
Published: Sep. 7, 2021 at 7:58 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - Lebanon City Council met on Tuesday night to discuss an ordinance on a vaccine mandate for city employees.

The ordinance would prohibit the City of Lebanon from instituting a vaccine mandate for employees.

It would also prohibit the city from discriminating against Lebanon citizens based on their vaccination status.

An emergency ordinance is being requested, meaning the ordinance would take effect immediately upon passage.

Lebanon would become the first city in the Tri-State to ban vaccine mandates for city workers.

Council will vote on the ordinance next week.

Lebanon Vice Mayor Mark Messer, the creator of the ordinance, says the city was not considering implementing a vaccine mandate for employees and that the ordinance itself is about making a statement.

“I think people need to see local governments taking a stand for their constituents,” he said.

“The main purpose of this is to look into the future, seeing what’s being done at a cultural level across the country, and us continuing to support freedom.”

The City of Cincinnati last week announced its own vaccine “mandate”. City workers can refuse the vaccine but must submit to regular testing.

It’s unclear whether Lebanon’s ordinance would ban that sort of policy as well.

Council members on Tuesday also took up two resolutions, one condemning vaccine mandates by private businesses, the other requesting changes to quarantine policies in Lebanon.

Quarantine policies are at the center of an Ohio Department of Health pilot program being considered for school districts in Warren County.

The program would allow unvaccinated, previously unmasked students who remain asymptomatic to return to school following a close contact as long as they wear a mask for seven days and test negative at either end of that span.

The program is also being considered for Butler County schools.

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