City of Joplin considering face mask ordinance

JOPLIN, Mo. – As COVID-19 cases increase throughout Jasper County, the City of Joplin is considering a face mask ordinance to help curb the spread.

With cases on the rise, city officials are collaborating with the health department to try to come up with more ways to slow infections.

One idea being tossed around is a mask-wearing ordinance.

While the details haven’t been ironed out quite yet, the city said it was looking at a similar ordinance in Fayetteville for some direction, but many are skeptical.

“What am I hearing from the community, and whether people want face masks? Half of the emails I get are saying ‘Why haven’t we moved this direction already,’ and half are saying ‘How could you even consider it?’ So, it is really divided as far as what the community wants,” said Ryan Stanley, Joplin Mayor.

The city will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday to discuss the mask ordinance in further detail.