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.