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City to consider mask resolution, not mandate

Instead of a mask mandate being considered by the Aberdeen City Council, a resolution strongly encouraging mask usage within Aberdeen will be considered. 


The proposal is not an ordinance, therefore would not mandate the use. 


Aberdeen City manager Joe Gaa tells the Aberdeen American News it is a compromise position due to masks being a divisive topic. 


The resolution has no punishment for not wearing masks. 

The resolution also includes areas where masks are not required:

  • Children younger than school age.
  • When medical conditions or disability prevents the wearing  of masks.
  • People working where social distancing cannot be achieved, but a mask would inhibit safety and effectiveness on the job.
  • Those participating in athletic events.
  • While eating or drinking.
  • Driving alone in a vehicle or with other people from their household.
  • People receiving services requiring the face to be exposed.
  • During religious worship.
  • People performing or giving a speech.