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Springfield City Council schedules vote on masking requirement

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Springfield City Council is considering an ordinance requiring people to wear face coverings in public.

As a part of the fourth phase of Springfield’s Road to Recovery Order, the ordinance would expect people to wear masks, in hopes it will slow the spread of COVID-19.

“This is a really positive step even though it’s a little inconvenient to do but it’s going to keep us from having to step back and no one wants to do that,” said Ken McClure, mayor of Springfield.

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department says it was actively monitoring 395 people in quarantine as of June 7, 2020. The agency expects that number to grow.

“We have devoted almost all of our staff resources to contain and mitigate this spread,” said Katie Towns, assistant director of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department. “We are reaching the end of our capability to slow the spread through our measures that we are currently using through contact tracing, investigating, and quarantining.”

Health officials say there is mounting evidence suggesting the transmission of COVID-19 can be decreased by wearing a mask.

A draft of the ordinance will be presented to the Springfield City Council on July 13. The council is expected to vote on that ordinance then.

Before making its decision on the ordinance, the Springfield City Council is looking at local and regional COVID-19 data, which outlines that evidence.

Until then, Springfield citizens will be able to voice their opinions on the Road to Recovery Order by calling the City Clerk’s Office at 417-874-2460.

Comments can also be sent electronically by clicking here.

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