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Columbia City Council to vote on face mask order



The Columbia City Council is set to vote on a face mask order at its meeting Monday.

The order would require anyone over the age of 10 to wear a face mask in any indoor or outdoor spaces within city limits where it's not possible to keep a six-foot distance. The goal is to help control the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

There are several exceptions stated in the ordinance. Some of those include when someone is exercising outside or eating or drinking at a restaurant. People with medical conditions, mental health conditions or disabilities that prevent them from wearing a mask are also exempt.

Individuals can be fined up to $15 for violating the order and businesses, government and non-profits can be fined up to $100. The order says businesses face that fine for each person inside the business who violates the order, meaning if two people inside are not wearing a face mask they will each pay the $15 fine and the business will pay two $100 fines.

The Columbia City Council is set to vote on the order at its meeting Monday which starts at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

At least six of the seven council members must vote to pass ordinance for it to become effective under emergency rules in the city charter.

The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services reported 145 new COVID-19 cases since last Monday, June 26. This included a record for Boone County's largest single-day increase with 39 new coronavirus cases on July 2.

There are currently 166 active cases in Boone county.

Tune in to ABC 17 News at 5 and 6 p.m. for live interviews with Columbia Mayor Brian Treece.

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Brittany Wiley

Brittany Wiley joined ABC 17 News in December 2018 as a full-time reporter. She anchors weekend morning broadcasts and reports in the early evening during the week.



    1. You cannot be compelled to wear a mask if you have a medical condition that precludes such. You also cannot be compelled to reveal what that condition is.

  1. Throughout this farce we have been constantly deluged with nothing but errors and propaganda. There is no agency that retains the slightest bit of credulity. Especially the WHO. The case count without a corresponding mortality rate is no more important than a case count for dandruff. Except as it demonstrates how near herd immunity is. The more cases the better as long as the mortality rate remains as low as it has been for a couple of months now. Excepting those with severe comorbidity, It’s less dangerous than influenza. Quite a bit less. Even using stats from the above mentioned incredulous agencies.

    1. We will continue to be deluged….they have to have us divided for us to fall….we must stand united! They bank on your fear- fear of fines, fear of illness and so on.

  2. There were two senseless deaths this weekend in Columbia, neither related to Covid. Maybe the city council should vote on measures to correct that issue considering there have been only 2 deaths related to Covid in 4 months. Plus no one wears the face masks properly anyway.

    1. Here is a petition against this mandate. There is also a protest scheduled for 6pm Monday (today) outside city hall against this mandate as well.

  3. Here is a petition against this mandate. There is also a protest scheduled for 6pm Monday (today) outside city hall against this mandate as well.

  4. I also urge everyone if this passes to do your business in the surrounding cities like Mexico,Moberly,Ashland,Jefferson City,Fulton and Boonville and online from Amazon and anywhere that doesn’t have any affiliation with the city of Columbia. They think this will help businesses when it will not. I know I will be traveling that extra short distance.

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