FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — The Fayetteville City Council voted to repeal the city’s mask mandate.

The repeal will go into effect on December 23.

If COVID-19 case numbers go up, the city council will revisit a mask mandate.

“The citizens of the city need to be able to trust us, but we also need to be able to trust our residents and our citizens to do what’s best for their own health and for the health of others,” Councilmember Holly Hertzberg said.

Board members agreed the mandate should stay in place through the end of the year at least until school is out for winter break.

The mask mandate was put into effect in August along with an emergency declaration after COVID-19 cases began to rise.