West Lafayette issues mandatory face mask executive order

The City of West Lafayette signed an executive order Monday requiring face mask be worn to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Posted: Jul 13, 2020 11:46 AM
Updated: Jul 13, 2020 6:57 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The City of West Lafayette signed executive 2020-01 Monday requiring face mask be worn to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The order goes into effect July 13 and violation of the order is punishable by a fine of $100 for a first offense and $250 for each subsequent offense. The complete order is below the story.

The executive order, signed by Mayor John Dennis on Monday, states mask are required to be worn in places of business that is open to the public, as well as City of West Lafayette operated building or facility, any public transportation, high-density occupational settings, and any outdoor space where a person is unable to maintain social distancing.

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The order also states all places of business shall require all employees, contractors. volunteers, and any other individuals that interact with the public to wear a face covering. It continues by stating, any manager. owner, or person in charge of a place of business who fails or refuses to comply with this order may be found in violation of this order and any license issued by the City may be subject to review and revocation by the Mayor.

Violation of the executive order is punishable by a fine of $100 for a first offense and $250 for each subsequent offense.

According to the documentation, The following is an example of some of the people that the order does not apply to:

  • Any individual who cannot wear a face-covering because of a medical condition, mental health condition or developmental disability, or who is unable to remove the face covering without assistance, and any individuals who should not wear face coverings under the CDC guidance. 
  • Individuals under 6 years old
  • An individual who is seated at a restaurant, bar, or other establishments that serve food or drink, while that individual is seated. For restaurants, bars, or other establishments with outdoor dining areas that allow individuals to stand outside, a mask will not be required while dining as long as proper social distancing outside can be maintained
  • When seeking to communicate with someone who is hearing-impaired in a way that requires the mouth to be visible
  • When working at home or while in a personal vehicle
  • For school individuals (including students, administrators, staff and teachers) on or in school or school district facilities. "School or school district" means any public, private, or charter school or institution that provides education including, daycares, preschools, kindergarten through twelfth grade; or a university, college. or similar post-secondary institution
  • In settings where it is not practicable to wear a face-covering such as when receiving dental services, medical treatments, while swimming while acting as an on-duty lifeguard, or while engaging in an athletic practice or event such as wrestling or other full-contact sport.
  • While actually engaged in exercising in a gym or other similar indoor facility so long as physical separation of not less than six feet is maintained and the individual wears a face covering at all times when not actually engaged in exercising;
  • When an individual is in his or her work office, conference room. or other workspaces not intended for use by the general public so long as physical separation of not less than six feet is maintained
  • For individuals, while acting in their official capacity as a public safety employee or emergency responder when wearing a face covering would interfere with or limit their ability to carry out their official duties. These include police officers. firefighters and other public safety or emergency medical personnel that support public safety functions

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