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Elgin council passes mask ordinance

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In a virtual emergency meeting, the Elgin City Council passed an ordinance requiring the wearing of face masks in public in most situations. 

The ordinance requires that businesses within the city require their employees and visitors to wear face coverings, and individuals 10 years of age or older must wear face coverings in public when it is difficult to maintain six feet of separation from others.

Over twenty public comments were shared at the beginning of the meeting. All but one of the comments were in support of the ordinance, with some pointing out the high number of COVID-19 cases in Elgin. 

Next, city manager Thomas Mattis discussed the ordinance with the council, with comments from city attorney Charlie Crossfield, police chief Patrick South and community development director Amy Miller on legal questions, enforcement and community outreach.

The ordinance passed unanimously.

See the entire meeting video here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyGEJdC9pWY

See the agenda and ordinance here: www.elgintx.com/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_07012020-453?html=true