Mask ordinance passes in Joplin

Face Mask Ordinance Vote, Joplin, July 8, 2020

Face mask ordinance passes in Joplin, July 8, 2020

JOPLIN, Mo. – The City of Joplin passes a face mask ordinance in a 6 to 3 vote.

The ordinance will take effect on Saturday, July 11, 2020.

The Council discussed the ordinance in a special meeting tonight, July 8, that lasted nearly five hours. Residents, health officials, school officials and others shared their thoughts as part of the discussion.

You can click to read the approved ordinance.

Watch the meeting here.

It’s not the first time the Council has voted on a mask ordinance. On June 24, 2020, the original ordinance was defeated by a 5-4 vote. Following that, officials made a few changes to the ordinance.

Section 1 now includes the definition of a mask and changes phrasing about when to wear a mask. The new language says that people six and older will wear a face covering when inside public facilities or businesses open to the public, public transportation vehicles, and outside when social distancing is not possible in groups of ten or more -who are not of the same family or household.

Two new sections have also been added to the ordinance.

Section 3 requires all public facilities and businesses that are open to the public to post a sign at all entrances that masks are required inside. It also states that local law enforcement and other city officials will act in a support capacity to businesses that need to enforce the use of masks.

Section 4 adds that schools within the City of Joplin shall work with the City Health Department to implement safety protocols, including the use of face coverings, that can be implemented in a safe and feasible manner at each grade level.

In the bullet points, the original ordinance mentioned an exception for restaurants. The new ordinance adds bars to that exception.

The bullet point regarding people walking or exercising outdoors has been removed.

The new ordinance also sets an end date of 8/17/2020 at 11:59pm unless it’s extended beyond that, or ended earlier than that.

You can click here for the original June 24th ordinance.