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Superior City Council to discuss mask ordinance Monday

Superior City Council to discuss mask ordinance Monday Photo: WDIO-TV file

Updated: July 10, 2020 02:57 PM

Superior City Councilors will discuss a proposed mask ordinance on Monday, July 13.

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The proposal from Councilor Esther Dalbec would mandate "the use of face coverings in indoor areas accessible to the public and while riding in any public bus or taxicab, unless exempted." It would take effect July 27 and would continue until September 25 or until the city's state of emergency expires.

Violation of the mask ordinance would not be a criminal offense, but businesses and organizations would have to ask people to leave if they fail to comply with the resolution. People who refuse to leave could be cited for trespassing.

There would be several exemptions to mask use:

  • Government facilities not operated or controlled by the City of Superior.
  • Medical or personal care services that require access to the face or mouth
  • Children 5 years of age or younger
  • Individuals actively eating or drinking (People in restaurants and taverns would still be required to wear a face covering when they are not actively eating or drinking.)
  • Individuals temporarily removing their face covering for identification purposes
  • Individuals unable to wear a face covering due to legitimate medical, disability, developmental, or psychological reasons.
  • Individuals speaking to an audience, in person or through broadcast, as long as the speaker remains six feet or more from other individuals
  • Individuals speaking to someone who is deaf or hard of hearing
  • Participants in a sports or performance event, during a period of practice, performance, or competition

If approved at Monday's Committee of the Whole meeting, the ordinance would advance for formal approval at the regular City Council meeting on July 21.

Many cities and counties in the region have approved similar measures. On Thursday, the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents unanimously voted to require masks in all indoor buildings on campuses statewide.

The Duluth City Council is also slated to consider a mask ordinance at its regular meeting Monday, July 13. Duluth's ordinance would take effect immediately if approved.

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