Upper Arlington City Council will hold a special meeting Monday, July 6, to consider emergency legislation to require facial coverings in indoor public spaces.
Council members will meet remotely and broadcast the proceedings on the City Council page of the city’s website, upperarlingtonoh.gov, and on the city’s Facebook page, @CityofUA. The meeting is at 7 p.m.
“I think it will pass,” council Vice President Brendan King said Friday, July 3. “There is consensus.”
A final draft of the ordinance wasn’t completed before July 3, when city offices were closed in observance of Independence Day.
The agenda item posted on the city’s website said the ordinance would require facial coverings in any indoor public space because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. It is being proposed as an emergency measure and, if approved, would go into effect immediately.
King said details still were being worked out, but the ordinance is expected to resemble the details of a June 29 executive order signed by Mayor Ben Kessler and supported by Bexley City Council on June 26.
Bexley’s order began July 3 and runs through the end of the month; it requires face masks be worn by employees and customers at:
* Restaurants and bars, unless seated at a table.
* Cinemas and theaters, unless seated and consuming refreshments.
* Office spaces that are open to the public.
* Personal-care and grooming businesses unless receiving a facial treatment, shave or other services on another part of the head that would normally be covered.
The Bexley measure provides exceptions for those who have a medical condition or disability; customers who are actively eating or drinking, strenuously exercising or giving a speech for broadcast or an audience; securing government or medical services that require identification; children under 2 years of age, and children over the age of 2 whose parent or guardian has been unable to place a covering on the child’s face.
King said he expected Upper Arlington’s emergency measure to have the same or similar exceptions as Bexley’s, “but we’re not done drafting,” he said.
“With the recent (coronavirus) spike, it feels like the right thing to do,” he said. “In addition, I’ve been contacted by a number of doctors.
“A lot of them are encouraging us to look to Bexley’s ordinance.”
King said officials were considering a warning for first-time offenders and a fine of up to $150 for a second offense.
Enforcement likely would be conducted by police officers, he said.