Springfield City Council Approved Mask Ordinance

On Monday night City Council passed the mask ordinance that will require people to use a mask in public in Springfield.  This will last for the next 90 days.  This is from a city press release.

City Council approved an emergency ordinance requiring face coverings in public spaces to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

The ordinance, which comprises takes effect at 12:01 a.m. July 16 and is effective through 11:59 p.m. Oct. 14,

Face coverings are defined as a device that covers the nose and mouth. Two amendments were also approved: exempting wedding parties from being required to wear masks during the ceremony and photos and exempting speakers, performers and clergy while addressing and performing, provided they can maintain six feet of distancing from any other person.

Under the ordinance, everyone over the age of 11 will be required to wear a face covering when in public spaces in the city limits of Springfield. Exemptions are made for those with health or breathing conditions that prohibits wearing a face covering, who are hearing impaired and people communicating with individuals who are hearing impaired.

Other exemptions include:

  • While consuming food and drink
  • While at a swimming pool
  • While obtaining a service involving the face or nose for which the temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service
  • While playing a sport, exercising or using exercising equipment while exerting themselves
  • While working in settings which might increase the risk of heat-related illnesses
  • While outdoors and maintaining a 6-foot distance from others or while outdoors and are closer than 6 feet to solely members of their own household
  • While speaking, addressing an audience or performing and are able to maintain a 6-foot distance from others
  • While serving as a member of a wedding party during the wedding ceremony and/or taking wedding photos.

Enforcement

It is recommended that businesses place signs on their entrances to notify customers/visitors of the mask requirement. Springfield-Greene County Health Department has created signs that all businesses can print and place on their doors, or businesses can create their own signage.

Education will be the first step in enforcement. The Springfield Police Department and Health Department will work to educate any violators of the ordinance before citations are issued.

Failure to comply can result in a $100 fine for individuals, businesses, governments or non-profit entities. Each individual within or working for the entity is considered a separate violation. Violations can be reported by emailing city@springfieldmo.gov or by calling 417-864-1010. If a customer at a business refuses to wear a face covering and is causing immediate danger to the business’s staff, call 911.

For questions about the ordinance, please call 417-874-1211 option 3 or visit the FAQs page of the City’s website.

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