Evansville Mayor Winnecke’s mask mandate goes into effect

Mayor releases mask resource guide
Published: Jul. 15, 2020 at 7:45 AM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Evansville’s mask mandate is now in effect throughout the city.

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke’s executive order will require the use of face masks in public.

On Tuesday, the mayor released a mask resource guide for the city of Evansville.

[READ: Evansville mayor announces city-wide mask mandate starting Wednesday]

The guideline states masks must be on in all indoor public spaces, including public transportation. It also states the masks must be on in educational institutions except where students and faculty can social distance themselves from each other.

According to the resource guide, masks should be work outdoors when social distancing is not an option.

The guide also gives a list of several masks off exemptions including:

  • Individuals under the age of six
  • Individuals at home who are in a private residence - except face masks will be required in all common areas of any multi-family structure.
  • Individuals in a building or office who are alone in a room.
  • Individuals who are traveling in their own vehicle.
  • Individuals who are speaking in public or making presentations or lectures for a broadcast or to an audience, including, but not limited to, clergy giving sermons.
  • Individuals experiencing homelessness. (Please note that our homeless shelters and agencies will have masks available at their locations for distribution)
  • Individuals with deafness or other impairments (including those who are hard of hearing) or those in communication with such individuals) who would face obstacles to communication if required to wear a face mask.
  • Individuals receiving medical or dental services that require removal of a Face Mask to receive such services.
  • Individuals who have a medical condition that prevents the wearing of a face mask.
  • Individuals who are seated and are consuming food or beverage at a restaurant, bar, or other establishment only while consuming food or beverages; however, individuals must wear a Face Mask in all other situations.
  • Individuals who are incarcerated.
  • Individuals, when requested by a law enforcement officer
  • Individuals who would be at risk wearing a Face Mask at work, as determined by local, state or federal regulations or workplace safety guidelines. Example: Workers operating equipment on a construction site or in a factory.
  • Individuals who are engaged in outdoor or indoor physical exercise or sporting activities, including running, jogging, walking, bicycling or swimming which is incompatible with wearing a face mask. Example: Kids playing baseball in a competitive or recreational league. Example: Individuals participating in an exercise class.
  • Facilities that are owned or operated by Federal and State Government. (Please note that the city cannot put restrictions in place for state or federally owned buildings)
  • Individuals inside religious facilities: provided, however, it is strongly recommended that religious facilities adopt face mask policies which are in conformity with federal, state and local guidance.
  • Individuals while acting in their official capacity as a public safety employee or an emergency responder when wearing a face mask would interfere or limit their ability to carry out their official duties or functions. These include police officers, fire fighters and other public safety or emergency medical personnel that support public safety functions.
  • Individuals who are smoking or vaping so long as social distancing is maintained.

Mayor Winnecke said he feels as though he shouldn’t be required to mandate that people do, what he calls, the right thing. However, with the rising number of cases locally here, he feels this step is necessary and he hopes the community will buy-in.

“I think, by and large, people will appreciate the fact that this effort, this executive order, to have people take personal responsibility will ultimately make our community safer,” said Mayor Winnecke.

The order will expire in seven days but can be renewed if Mayor Winnecke sees fit. He says he’ll be monitoring the number of cases each day to help make his decision.

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