College Park Mandates Masks In Public

College Park City Council Mandates Masks be Worn in Public
Posted on 07/11/2020
Face Coverings in College Park

College Park City Council Mandates Masks be Worn in Public
Joining East Point, Atlanta, Decatur and other Cities in the Metro Area

College Park, GA (Friday, July 10, 2020) - The Mayor and Council for the City of College Park held a special called meeting on Friday, July 10 to adopt a public mask ordinance amid the Covid-19 pandemic. College Park now joins East Point, Atlanta, Decatur and other metro cities to put forth a mandate aimed at controlling the spread of the coronavirus.

The ordinance requires the wearing of face coverings in all commercial establishments serving the general public - businesses, organizations, municipal buildings or other establishments within College Park’s jurisdiction. Religious establishments are not included in the ruling. The new ordinance goes into effect Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 12:01am.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that cloth face coverings can prevent the spread of the coronavirus, combined with social distancing. Governor Brian Kemp has encouraged their use as well. However, there’s currently no statewide mandate.

College Park’s ordinance requires the use of masks in all commercial establishments within the city, as well as outdoor settings where it is not feasible to maintain a six (6) feet social distance.

“Wearing a mask is an act that may protect someone you never meet, but whose life is as precious and important as your own,” said College Park Mayor Bianca Motley Broom. “As a community, our responsibility is to each other and this is one small step that can help us fight this virus.”

Council members emphasized during the meeting that the ordinance was not created for punitive purposes, but to support the safety of all citizens. Ward I Councilman Ambrose Clay stated, “Wearing a mask is a sign of consideration for others.”

Penalties for non-compliance include written warnings; repeat violators can be fined up to $50.00 dollars.

The ordinance does offer latitude to those unable to safely wear a face covering due to age or preexisting conditions. Persons under ten years of age are also not required to wear masks in public.

Face coverings are not required for the following circumstances:

1. While in personal motor vehicles;
2. While alone in an enclosed space or only with other household members;
3. While engaging in exercise activities if the person can maintain a minimum of six (6) feet from others who are not household members;
4. While outdoors if the person can maintain a minimum of six (6) feet from others who are not household members;
5. While in a swimming pool;
6. While eating, drinking, or smoking;
7. While obtaining a service that requires temporary removal of the face covering for security surveillance, screening, or need for specific access to the face, such as visiting a bank or while obtaining a personal care service involving the face or head, but only to the extent necessary for temporary removal;
8. While voting, assisting a voter, serving as a poll watcher, or actively administering an election;
9. While speaking for a broadcast or to an audience.