Mask Ordinance Exceptions

A.  The provisions of this ordinance shall not apply to:

(1)  Courts of law; public utilities or federal, state, county, or city operations; medical providers, facilities, or pharmacies; congregate living centers or facilities; group homes and residential drug and/or mental health treatment facilities; shelters; airport travel; election offices; polling places on an election day; or residential dwelling units.

(2)  Children under the age of five (5) years. While children aged three (3) and four (4) years may wear a face covering if that child can remove the face covering without assistance, guidance from the CDC states that children two (2) years old and under should never wear a face covering due to the risk of suffocation.

(3)  Federal and state activities. Nothing in this ordinance shall be construed to limit, prohibit , or restrict in any way the operations of the federal or state government or the movement of federal or state officials in the City while acting in their official capacity, including federal and state judicial , legislative, and executive staff and personnel.

(4) Individuals at their workplace when wearing a face covering would create a job hazard for the individual or others, as determined by federal, state, or local regulators or workplace safety and health standards and guidelines.

(5) Individuals who are alone in an office, room, a vehicle, the cab of heavy equipment or machinery, or an enclosed work area. In such situations, the individual should still carry a face covering to be prepared for person-to-person interactions and to be used when the individual is no longer alone.

(6) Individuals who are seated at a desk or standing at a stationary work station, provided that the desk or work station has a solid Plexiglas or plastic barrier installed upon it which cannot be moved.

(7) Individuals who are officiating at a religious service.

(8) Individuals communicating with other individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing or who have a disability, medical condition, or mental health condition that makes communication with that individual while wearing a face covering difficult, provided that minimum social distancing of six (6) feet or more is maintained to the extent possible between persons who are not members of the same household.

(9) Individuals who are engaged in activities, such as swimming or showering, where the face covering will get wet.

(10) Individuals who are exercising in an indoor business or indoor space such as a gym or fitness center, while the level of exertion makes it difficult to wear a face covering, provided that minimum social distancing of six (6) feet or more is maintained at all times.

(11) Individuals in an indoor premises that is generally open to the public while playing a musical instrument that cannot be played when a face covering is worn, provided that a minimum social distancing of six (6) feet or more is maintained at all times.

(12) Individuals actively participating in a team sports activity, while the level of exertion makes it difficult to wear a face covering.

(13) Public safety workers actively engaged in a public safety role, including but not limited to law enforcement personnel, fire fighters, or emergency medical personnel, in situations where wearing a face covering would seriously interfere in the performance of the individual's public safety responsibilities.

B.  Nothing in this section shall prohibit the owner or person in charge of a premises that is open to the general public, including but not limited to the owner or person in charge of any federal, state, city, or other governmental facility,  from requiring an individual to wear a face covering during any of the circumstances enumerated in subsection B above or from implementing a more restrictive face covering policy.