The New Albany City Council voted Tuesday to amend the city’s emergency declaration to include a mandatory face covering requirements for customers and employees at all businesses.
The requirement also requires a mask for outdoor locations if people cannot consistently practice social distancing from others who are not members of their household.
The declaration excludes religious facilities, schools and libraries, and exceptions include individuals:
- Who can’t wear mask due to medical condition
- Participating in strenuous exercise activities or athletic practices
- Under the age of 10
- Seated and actively consuming food or beverage in a restaurant or bar
- Whose sincere religious beliefs prevents them from wearing masks
- Seeking to communicate with someone who is hearing-impaired
- Getting dental work
- In private offices in space not intended for use or access by the public
In April, New Albany issued the declaration and it will remain in effect as long as the city manager and council deem that an emergency exists.