COLUMBIA, MO. (KMIZ)
Starting Monday, the City of Columbia will require masks in all city buildings, regardless of vaccination status. However, the mandate could be expanded to the rest of the city pending a Monday night vote.
The Columbia City Council is holding a special meeting Monday night to discuss and vote on requiring face masks due to the spread of COVID-19 within the city.
The new ordinance would require masks for anyone 5 years-old and older when social distancing is not possible. There are exceptions for certain activities and locations contained within the ordinance, including when eating or drinking, when playing a sport, and when in a private residence.
If approved, individuals violating the mask ordinance could be fined $15 and businesses can be fined $100.
Council will first hear public comments before voting on a mask mandate.
Six of the seven council members have to approve the measure in order for the ordinance to pass as an emergency measure. If approved, the mask requirement would go into effect immediately.
The special meeting starts at 7 p.m. at City Hall.
Separate from the vote, starting Monday the city manager’s office will require masks in all city buildings.