Joplin City Council will hold a Special Meeting on Wednesday, July 8 to revisit an ordinance relating to citizens wearing face masks as appropriate during the coronavirus pandemic. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and be held in the Council Chambers on 5th floor of City Hall, 602 South Main.
The City Council discussed this issue originally during a special meeting held on June 24. The bill was denied with a vote of 5 opposed to 4 in favor. During Council’s regular meeting on Monday, July 6 councilmembers revisited the possibility of a mandatory mask ordinance after receiving an update regarding coronavirus from Assistant Health Director Ryan Talken.
The council bill being discussed at tonight’s meeting does include several changes from the original version, such as having an end date of August 17, 2020 unless extended or terminated prior to that date by Mayor or City Council.
The bill notes the Centers for Disease Control’s recommendation for face coverings when people cannot social distance as a preventative measure of the spreading of COVID-19. It states that all persons six years old or older in Joplin should wear a face covering when inside public facilities or businesses that are open to the public, public transportation vehicles and outside when social distancing is not possible in groups of ten or more persons who are not members of the same family or household. To review Council Bill No. 2020-004 in its entirety, go to http://www.joplinmo.org/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/2163?html=true
The Joplin Health Department continues to report that positive cases of COVID-19 have steadily increased for Joplin as well as surrounding counties in the metro area. This includes Jasper and Newton Counties and other counties in southeast Kansas and northeast Oklahoma.
The number of guests in the Council Chambers is limited to 43 in observance of the social distancing requirement of six feet apart.
The meeting will be televised live by KGCS-TV which can be seen over the air on channel 21 and on regional cable television systems. It can also be viewed on the City’s website at http://www.joplinmo.org/182/Video-Multimedia . KGCS operates as a service of the Department of Communication at Missouri Southern State University.