Mayor Van Johnson has reinstated the mask mandate, effective immediately, due to COVID-19 transmission rate. 

Due to the rise of COVID-19 cases combined with the spread of the Delta variant, Mayor Van Johnson has announced the reinstatement of the mask mandate. Effective immediately, masks will be required indoors for all people when not with immediate family, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. 

The order states that masks are required in city-owned buildings, such as early childhood, elementary, secondary institutions, hospitals or while on public transportation. Customers are “strongly advised” to wear face coverings inside establishments inside the city, but the order excludes churches. The order states that owners of restaurants, salons, retail stores, grocery stores and pharmacies are “strongly encouraged” to require employees to wear face coverings.

Those on guided tours must wear masks and those who refuse face up to a $50 fine, according to the order.

The city’s order exempts mask-wearing in the following situations:

When drinking, eating or smoking.
When alone inside an enclosed space or with family members only.
When exercising at least six feet away from others.
When wearing a mask causes or aggravates a health condition.
When wearing a mask would prevent the receipt of a personal service.
Those 10-years-old or younger.

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