SPRINGFIELD, Mo.- The Springfield City Council will vote next week on extending the face-covering/masking requirement for areas of public accommodation, distancing, and occupancy limits through January 9, 2021.
According to a press release, city leaders ask Springfield residents to voice their opinions on the proposed Road to Recovery Phase 3B ordinance.
The City says residents can voice opinions by:
- Calling the City Clerk’s Office 417-874-2460
- Submit written comments
- Sign up to speak at the City Council meeting on October 5
The deadline to sign up to speak at the council meeting or leave comments is 5 p.m. Sunday, October 4.
“While COVID-19 cases continue to grow in Springfield, evidence of the success of masking can be seen. Data from the Springfield-Greene County Health Department shows that in the two months following the implementation of Springfield’s masking ordinance, the greatest areas of local case growth were among college-age students who tend to engage in more high-risk activities which may not require masking, such as eating out and attending house parties. This was followed by outbreaks in the jail and long-term care facilities – locations where our masking ordinance was not expected to have an impact, due to the nature of those living situations,” the release states.