Resolution Requires Wearing Masks in Public


WHEREAS, Consistent with the Vermont Governor's Stay Home, Stay Safe Emergency Orders related to social distancing as well as the health care measures recommended by the Vermont Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the City Council desires to enact and encourage measures that promote the public health safety and welfare of its citizens to further the goal of slowing the spread of COVID-19; and, 

Notice Face MaskWHEREAS, the City Council recognizes the potentially disastrous effects COVID-19 could have on its citizens were business and citizens not to follow the responsible, common sense, and creative measures to conduct business in a manner consistent with CDC and Vermont Department of Health social distancing guidelines; and, 

WHEREAS, as the State of Vermont begins to slowly resume opening businesses and public spaces, the City Council recognizes the need to ensure these measures, particularly the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), are followed in order to avoid the needless illness and deaths of its citizens. 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that any member of the public entering a City owned building must wear a PPE face covering or respirator that covers at least their mouth and nose and the Council directs the City Manager to attempt to provide PPE masks at points of public access to City owned buildings open to the public. 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Starting June 9th 2020, any person, whether an employee, a customer, or a visitor who enters a public establishment located in the City of South Burlington that invites the public into their premises for the purpose of receiving services, purchasing products, or otherwise conducting business, must wear face coverings over their nose and mouth while inside the establishment and while in the presence of others. 

In accordance with the State of Vermont Executive Department Addendum 12 to Executive Order O 1-20, the traveling and commuting public shall also wear face coverings over their nose and mouth any time they are using public transportation conveyances, including buses, trains, and ride services, and when in a mass transportation station.

In accordance with the Vermont State Guidance, found in State of Vermont Executive Department Addendum 14 to Executive Order 01-20, masks are not recommended for strenuous outdoor activity, anyone under the age of 2, anyone with a medical condition that is complicated or irritated by a facial covering, or anyone with difficulty breathing, or anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. If anyone has a medical condition that is complicated by facial coverings like a cloth mask a face shield is an appropriate alternative. 

This ordinance shall not strictly apply to the extent that it frustrates the primary purpose of the business. 

Each establishment shall post signage at the entrance and at other appropriate locations stating that customers ( or visitors) are required to wear face coverings by order of the South Burlington City Council. Other locations can be alternative entrances (back doors, etc.) or at transaction locations such as registers. Signage requirements will have an effective date of Monday, June 15th, 2020. 

This Order shall remain in effect until the South Burlington City Council amends, rescinds, or suspends this Order or until the Governor declares an end to the COVID-19 State of Emergency in Vermont, whichever occurs first. 

Dated at South Burlington, Vermont this 8th day of June, 2020, effective upon passage.

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