As discussed at the July 1, 2020 City Council meeting, staff has prepared an emergency ordinance requiring facial coverings to be worn by all persons in indoor public places the City of Punta Gorda. All persons preparing or serving food would be required to wear a face covering. As proposed, the ordinance provides for the following exemptions.
- Children under the age of two (2) years;
- Persons observing social distancing;
- Persons for whom a face covering would cause impairment due to an existing health condition or for whom compliance with the mandatory requirements imposed herein would conflict with the Americans with Disabilities Act;
- Persons communicating with an individual who is hearing impaired who needs to see the mouth of the person speaking to facilitate communication;
- Persons while working in a business or profession who do not have interactions with other persons;
- Persons while working in a business or profession where use of a face covering would prevent them from performing the duties of the business or profession;
- Persons exercising, while maintaining social distancing;
- Persons while eating or drinking, provided they are maintaining social distancing. It is the intent of this provision that a face covering must be worn while traversing an Indoor Public Place for ingress and egress, when walking to and from restroom facilities, and while standing when unable to maintain social distancing;
- Public safety, fire and other life safety or health care personnel, as their personal protective equipment requirements will be governed by their respective agencies or employers;
- Persons who are engaged in obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of a face covering is necessary to perform the service;
- Persons engaged in an activity where some other form of face covering is required pursuant to the regulations of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Unless extended by Resolution of the City Council, this Emergency Ordinance shall automatically sunset ninety (90) days after adoption, unless repealed prior to such expiration date.