Face mask ordinance extended until September 7 in St. Joseph County


It was due to expire on July 4, but with no vaccine or medication to prevent or treat COVID-19, health leaders in St. Joseph County have extended their face mask ordinance through Sep. 7.

The revision is basically to keep doing what’s already happening:

Any business establishment open to customers shall make alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol readily accessible at the entrance and in proximity to hightouch surfaces.

A face covering over one’s nose and mouth shall be required for any persons entering an enclosed public space or place of business, unless such persons have a medical exception indicating that a face covering is ill-advised for health reasons, or the face covering prevents the persons from delivering or receiving services. The face covering shall be worn at all times when physical distancing of at least six feet cannot be maintained.

Health leaders say taking measures such as frequently washing hands, physical distancing and wearing face coverings are the most effective ways to reduce the spread of COVID-19.




  1. This American Patriot is tired of mask wearing & social distancing due to an over-hyped virus. Yep, people have died, most (nearly 50%) are old folks with preexisting conditions. I feel for their families but we are ruining what was the most robust economy we have ever seen. The Scarf Lady and Dr. Fauci can shove their flawed statistical models. Dr. Fox (St. Joe County) and Governor Gomer Holcomb can stuff their masks where the sun don’t shine.

  2. They need to remove the 6’ distancing thing because that’s stupid and people don’t comply. Make mask/ face covering mandatory whenever inside a public building period. No exemptions! If someone has a medical excuse then they need to show a document stating the same. If people don’t start wearing mask we’re in for another lockdown.


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