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Jackson’s Town Council held a special meeting today to discuss an ordinance requiring people to wear “a covering made of cloth, fabric, or other soft or permeable material…that covers the nose, mouth and surrounding areas of the lower face.” Face Coverings can be factory or handmade or improvised from scarves, ski masks, or other household materials. Wearing face coverings reduces the transmission of the COVID-19 virus by limiting the presence of infected respiratory droplets in the environment, which can be deposited even if individuals shedding the virus do not feel sick. Cloth face coverings are most useful as a preventative measure when compliance is high. Ordinance 1255 was enacted and is now in effect.Councilman Jorgensen shared that, “this ordinance is part of the Town supporting our economy and businesses while living with the COVID virus.”The Ordinance requires that everyone in the Town of Jackson must wear a face covering when they are inside or waiting to enter any place of business, when they are obtaining healthcare services, and when riding on public transportation or for-hire transportation services. Places of business are defined in the ordinance and include but are not limited to “grocery stores, retail stores, office buildings, restaurants and bars (including outdoor seating for such facilities), hotels and motels (excluding the rented room or suite), gyms and similar facilities.” The ordinance does not affect outdoor spaces except for waiting in a line to enter any place of business.
There are exceptions, including that Face Coverings will not be required for anyone that cannot wear a face covering because of a medical or mental health condition, developmental disability, those claiming a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act, or those that fall under the CDC’s guidance for not covering one’s face. People are not required to provide documentation demonstrating that they cannot medically tolerate wearing a Face Covering. Additionally, kids under 6 years old, individuals in their own office space, those seated at a table or the bar in restaurants, and on-duty public safety or emergency responders are not required to wear face coverings.Town Council voted on Emergency Ordinance 1255 unanimously to keep our community and visitors safe, prevent the necessity for stronger measures, and prevent our healthcare system from being overwhelmed. The ordinance relies on studies demonstrating the protective capacity of face coverings to limit the transmission of respiratory droplets and reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus.
To view the ordinance in its entirety or to watch the Town Council deliberation on the ordinance please visit the Town of Jackson website at www.jacksonwyo.gov.
The ordinance can also be viewed by CLICKING HERE. ########