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Facial Coverings Required in Public Places

Post Date:07/02/2020 9:29 AM

Effective, Monday, June 22, Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat issued the Fourth Proclamation under the Declaration of Emergency requiring that all individuals in the City of Peoria wear facial coverings in public places where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. According to state and federal health authorities, the risk of contracting the virus increases significantly when individuals are in enclosed spaces for extended periods of time and where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Masks, made of cloth, fabric or other permeable material, should be worn over the mouth and nose by employees and patrons at all places of business that interact with the public when physical distancing is not possible. Visitors, and employees who interact with the public, to city buildings and facilities will be required to wear facial coverings as well. This mandate does not apply to those who are medically unable to tolerate a facial covering, for those with religious beliefs that prevent them from doing so, or for those who are unable to remove a facial covering without assistance. Other exceptions include those exercising indoors and outdoors while distancing, in the process of consuming food or drink at a restaurant, for children six years old and younger, and for those who are receiving dental services or medical treatment. Public safety employees and field employees engaged in essential functions are not required to wear face coverings if doing so would interfere with their ability to carry out their duties. Facial coverings will not be required for those swimming at city pools. For more information, visit

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