As the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Greene county steadily grows, the City of Springfield proposed a mask mandate within city limits.
On Monday night July 13th, the City of Springfield has approved a city-wide mask ordinance. Here’s what you need to know.
The 90 day mask ordinance will go into effect at 12:01 am on Thursday July 15th and will expire at 11:9 pm on October 14th barring an extension, suspension, or amendment.
Everyone over the age of 11 within Springfield city limits will be required to wear a mask in any public setting. Here are example of where you will need to wear your mask:
- Retail Establishments
- Grocery Stores
- Sporting Events
- Any spaces open to the public
- Live Events of any kind
There are exceptions for when you need to wear a mask. These include:
- When outside and able to maintain 6 ft of social distancing
- When exercising outside or inside and maintaining 6 ft of social distancing
- While swimming
- At home with your family
- In your vehicle
- While eating or drinking while socially distanced at a food establishment
- While getting a service that require removal of a mask such as dental work, makeup application, facial, etc.
- To confirm identity
- At your workplace in non-public areas such as your personal office
- As a member of a wedding party during a wedding ceremony or while photos are being taken
Refusal to comply with the mask ordinance will being with receiving education on the medical necessity of the mask. Further refusal to comply with the ordinance can result in a $100 fine.
For a more detailed explanation of the City of Springfield’s mask ordinance, please visit the Springfield Missouri official Mask Ordinance FAQ page.
Have some concerns or confusion about the efficiency of cloth and medical masks in reducing COVID-19 transmission? Check out some of these science based sources: