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Mayor Steve Benjamin and Columbia City Council Extends and Amends Emergency Ordinance Extending Mask Face Coverings and Temporary Suspension of Meetings

By November 5, 2020March 16th, 2021No Comments

Mayor Steve Benjamin and Columbia City Council unanimously approved an emergency ordinance that amends the emergency ordinance extending mask face coverings. Also this emergency ordinance extends the temporary suspension of the normal operating procedures of City Council and City Boards and Commissions meetings.

Amendments to the ordinance include fines and stipulations for not wearing masks on a busy sidewalk waiting area, or popular outdoor area where it is impractical or impossible to maintain six feet of distance at all times.

Unless amended or rescinded this ordinance will expire on Sunday, May 16, 2021. The extension approved by City Council today extends the ordinance to expire on the 61st day after enactment of this ordinance.

Extending the temporary suspension of meetings allows the Mayor, Council Members, Board Members and Commission Members to remotely participate in voting and operational procedures by telephone or other means of electronic communication and extends the requirement that face coverings or masks be work in public in the City of Columbia.