Summit County Board of Health passes mandatory mask resolution; violators could be hit with $100 fine

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Posted at 4:17 PM, Aug 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-29 18:17:22-04

Summit County health officials have announced that individuals or businesses that ignore or violate the mandatory or mask order may be subject to a fine for each infraction.

The resolution, which was passed on Thursday by the Summit County Board of Health, requires the use of masks or facial coverings in public while indoors or when you are unable to maintain at least 6 feet of distance from another person while outdoors.

Below is a list of exceptions to the resolution:

  1. When the individual cannot wear a mask because of a medical condition, mental health condition, developmental disability, or as otherwise provided for in CDC guidance.
  2. If the individual is under 10 years of age.
  3. While eating or drinking, provided that the individual is also seated.
  4. In any circumstance where it is not practicable or feasible to wear a mask such as when receiving dental services, medical treatments, or while swimming.
  5. While recreating or exercising outside as long as the individual is sufficiently socially distanced from others who are not members of their household based upon CDC guidelines.
  6. While exercising in a gym m other similar business as long as the individual is sufficiently socially distanced from others based upon CDC guidelines.
  7. When the individual is in their own workspace in an office setting that has sufficient separation from others.
  8. When the individual is alone in an enclosed space, such as in an office or vehicle.
  9. When the wearing of the mask is not recommended by industry standards or goes against a documented and reasonable safety policy. Those in professions which must communicate visually may wear a face shield instead of a mask and may receive communications in a similar manner.
  10. When the wearing of a mask substantially burdens the practice of a sincerely held religious belief.
  11. Where state or federal law permits an individual an exception or where the individual would be subject to a bona fide risk to personal health or safety.

Businesses will be required to enforce the resolution, health officials said. If they fail to enforce the order, they may be hit with a $100 fine for each infraction. The same goes for individual people.

If a business becomes a repeat and habitual offender to the resolution, the county may pursue matter further and seek to have the business marked as nuisance, health officials said.

The board of health said it will enforce the mandatory mask order through complaint-based monitoring.

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