Publicly wearing masks might become mandatory in Evansville

City Council to vote on the measure on Monday

Publicly wearing masks might become mandatory in Evansville

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Wearing a mask in public may soon become mandatory in Evansville.

“I don’t think it’s a bad idea until we get a hold of this thing,” Fred Blanchard said.

“I don’t care to wear them out in public, but working in the deli over the grill - it is so hot,” downtown restaurant worker Brittni Casey explained. “It’s too much; overbearing sometimes.”

Three council members: Jonathan Weaver, Kaitlin Moore and Zac Heronemus co-authored this new ordinance, which would require masks after a new surge in local confirmed COVID-19 cases.

“I’m older; I don’t want to catch it,” Blanchard added. “Now that it’s opened and people are out in the public more, I think it’s more important to wear it now.”

The measure calls for anyone six-years or older to wear a clean mask in most public, as well as many private spaces too.

“It also gives businesses that maybe were afraid of putting a policy out there, it gives them the opportunity,” at-large council member Jonathan Weaver stated. “Sort of like ‘no shoes, no shirt, no service,’ now I can require a mask and if you don’t wear one, I don’t have to service you.”

Those who are not willing to comply should know it comes with a cost.

The first offense is a warning. However, violators are expected to get a fine between $50 and $100 after that.

“Personally, if it’s mandated, then I am just going to wear it because there is no point in not,” Casey added.

Businesses would be in charge of letting customers without a mask know about the new ordinance.

“Most of our customers do wear masks, but we do have a few that don’t,” Casey recalled.

This ordinance would last until the Governor lifts the COVID-19 emergency declaration.

The council will vote on the ordinance at its meeting on Monday, July 13.

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