City of Columbia releases mask ordinance

Posted on 7 July 2020 at 2:49pm

COLUMBIA — After the Columbia City Council voted to approve a mandatory face mask order Monday night, the City of Columbia released the finalized ordinance. 

Here are some takeaways from the ordinance: 

  • The ordinance goes into effect Friday at 5 p.m., and will run for 90 days. The City has the authority to extend the order, if necessary. 

  • Homemade or factory face masks count, but a covering that covers the wearers forehead and eyes does not. 

  • Masks with a one-way valve that allow for droplets to be exhaled do not count.

  • Employers must provide masks for their employees. 

  • Violating the ordinance comes with a $15 fine for an individual, or a $100 fine for a business. 

  • Exempted activities include exercising outdoors or indoors when six feet of distance can be maintained, eating and drinking and engaging in outdoor activities when a distance of six feet can be maintained. 

  • People with medical conditions that would prevent mask wearing, and people under the age of 10 are also exempt. 

You can read the full ordinance here