Neosho City Council does not pass mask mandate and occupancy limit ordinances

If passed the ordinances would go into effect immediately and last until February 12th.
Nesoho Mask Mandate

Neosho City Council did not pass either ordinance.

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NEOSHO, Mo. – In Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, the Neosho City Council members decide whether to pass a mandatory mask mandate and occupancy limit ordinance.

“It was a draft ordinance that was written up by our city attorney and requested by our council after a letter circulated by area hospitals. One is a 50 percent occupancy for areas open to the public and the second one deals with face coverings” said Neosho City Manager, David Kennedy.

Area hospitals and health officials have urged local cities to help in reducing the spread of the coronavirus.

The proposed mask mandate ordinance would require that everyone in the city of Neosho will have to wear a face mask inside public facilities or business that are open to the public, in public transportation and outside when social distancing is not possible.

“There is exemptions in there for medical and things like that” added Kennedy.

Exemptions include those with medical conditions that fall under CDC guidance, children under 6 years old, those with religious beliefs that prevent them from wearing masks, if eating or drinking, if engaging in group or team sports or exercising and in settings where wearing a mask is not feasible for example an appointment at a dentist’s office.

25 residents spoke out at the council meeting regarding the mask mandate, most against, some for.

The occupancy ordinance would restrict businesses and organizations in city limits to operate at 50 percent capacity with exemptions of educational institutions, daycare facilities and places of worship.

To see the full ordinance details click here for the mask ordinance.

To see the full ordinance details click here for the occupancy limits.

The ordinances have received mixed reviews from local business owners.

The Charley’s Grill Owner told us they are not for the capacity mandate as it would be a huge hit to their business.

However, ‘The Florist and The Merchant ’owner tells us they are supportive of whatever council deems necessary to help the health of the residents of Neosho.

If passed the ordinances would go into effect immediately and last until February 12th.