The Prichard City Council approved an ordinance Tuesday afternoon requiring face coverings in public to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
The ordinance, which was unanimously passed at a meeting Tuesday, follows very closely to one the city of Mobile passed last week. It requires face coverings anywhere outside the home, except during outdoor activities where social distancing can be safely practiced.
While Prichard’s ordinance allows masks to be made out of many different materials, they have to be fashioned as masks. Unlike some cities that have allowed any kind of coverings, councilors had concerns over residents simply wearing bandanas over their faces.
Councilman Lorenzo Martin said he has received donations of masks that will be handed out to members of the public, but councilors removed a provision from the ordinance that required masks to be handed out before a citation could be written. As written now, residents who do not comply with the ordinance will be given a warning will first be given a warning.
After that, violators face a $50 fine and $100 fine for subsequent offences. It’s unclear when the ordinance will take effect, as it will have to be published in a local newspaper first.
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