City council approves mask mandate


DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) — The city council approved a mandate that would make face masks mandatory in public.

People will be fined $25 for the first offense, and that will escalate up to $500 for continued noncompliance. Businesses in violation would be fined $50 – $500.

The measure passed 5 – 2.

The ordinance would require everyone to wear a mask when around other people outside of their homes. Some examples include shopping at stores, picking up food from drive thrus or other restaurants, traveling on public transportation, interacting with people at work, places of worship or any other collective activity. Some exceptions are children under 2 years old and those with medical conditions. Social distanced physical activities such as walking or running, or eating and drinking in public don’t require masks.

Businesses will be required to monitor this and refuse service to people who violate the ordinance if they do not qualify for the exceptions. Police have also been charged with monitoring complaints of noncompliance.

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