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Evansville Mask Mandate Now in Effect

Mandatory masks are now in effect in Evansville under Mayor Lloyd Winnecke's new executive order.

Posted: Jul 15, 2020 6:58 AM
Updated: Jul 15, 2020 9:25 AM

Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke's newest executive order calls for mandatory masks throughout the City of Evansville, effective Wednesday, July 15.

The Executive Order issued by Evansville's mayor orders all persons of at least six years of age within Evansville to wear a clean face mask at any time during which they will be in contact with people who don't live in the same home as them, in all indoor public areas including public transportation, all schools unless social distancing can be maintained, and outdoors when social distance cant be maintained.

The order also comes with a list of what the mayor called "common sense" exemptions - 19 of them altogether.

According to the Executive Order, the following are exempt from the mask mandate:

  • people under 6-years-old
  • people outdoors maintaining social distance
  • people in a private residence - unless in a common area of any multi-family structure
  • people in a building/office alone in a room
  • people traveling in your their own vehicle
  • those speaking in public, making presentations or lectures for a broadcast, or to an audience
  • people  who are experiencing homelessness
  • those who are deaf or have other communication impairments
  • people receiving medical or dental services that require removal of a mask
  • those who have a medical condition that prevents wearing one
  • people in the act of consuming food or drink at a restaurant, bar, or other establishment
  • incarcerated individuals
  • those requested to remove it by a law enforcement officer
  • employees put at risk by wearing one at work, as determined by regulations or workplace guidelines
  • those engaged in outdoor or indoor exercise or sports, including running, jogging, walking, biking, or swimming.
  • facilities owned or operated by Federal and State Government
  • individuals inside a religious facility - though it's strongly recommended that such facilities adopt their own mask policies which conform to federal, state, and local guidance
  • those acting in their official capacity as a public safety employee or emergency responder, where wearing a mask would interfere with that
  • individuals who are smoking or vaping

According to the executive order, a business may deny service to any person who is not in compliance with it.

The executive order will be effective until midnight on July 22, 2020, unless extended.

You can click here to view Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke's Executive Order No. 2020-1, which mandates masks in the River City.

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