South Fulton’s City Council passed an emergency ordinance tonight requiring masks or facial coverings to be worn in public places starting tomorrow, July 11 at 12 p.m.
The ordinance passed with a vote of 5 to 2. It’s the latest step that officials in the city have taken to slow the spread of COVID-19.
According to the legislation, anyone within six feet of another person that they do not live with will be required to wear a mask. All customers, visitors and delivery persons in commercial establishments are required to wear masks. Additionally, business owners, managers and supervisors must require their employees and contractors to wear a face covering at all times while interacting with the public.
Anyone found to not be in compliance with the ordinance will initially receive a warning, and officers may provide complimentary masks if resources are available. Second offenses and each subsequent violations will be punishable by a fine of $100. The fine for the second offense can be waived if proof is provided that a mask has been acquired.
There are some exemptions. The ordinance will not apply to:
- People inside religious establishments
- Anyone unable to safely wear a face covering due to age or an underlying health issue, or unable to physically remove a facial covering without assistance
- People in personal vehicles
- People riding in commercial vehicles with others with whom they do not cohabitate
- People actively engaged in eating, drinking or smoking
- Anyone actively seeking medical services or other personal services that require the removal of a facial covering
- People in residential homes or facilities
- Children age 10 and younger
The ordinance goes into effect for 30 days, and can be extended by the City Council if necessary.
Photo: Mayor William “Bill” Edwards wears a mask while shopping at a local hardware store. (Credit: City of South Fulton)