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Mask requirement in Columbia city buildings could extend to all of city in Monday night vote


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. 

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Zola Crowder

Zola Crowder joined the ABC 17 News team as a multimedia journalist in June 2020 after graduating from the University of Missouri with a broadcast journalism degree. Before reporting at ABC 17, Zola was a reporter at KOMU where she learned to cover politics, crime, education, economics and more.



  1. If masks were actually helpful and COVID was actually that dangerous, former President Obama, who current President* Biden once said was “articulate and bright and clean,” would have been wearing one at his indoor birthday party. Cal. Gov. Newsom would have made his kids wear a mask at summer camp. But No, no masks for them. The actions of the liberal elite are PROOF that masks are not needed.

  2. Unless the masks are N95 or better, and unless they are properly fitted, no more beards guys, they serve no purpose in restricting transmission. They only serve as a symbol of your willing submission to whatever the “experts” and “officials” suggest you do next. Good slaves wear masks, free people don’t.

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