Last night, the Doraville City Council officially passed an ordinance to require the use of masks in the city, effective immediately. The key provisions of this ordinance include:
- All persons entering a commercial establishment in the City of Doraville must wear a face covering or mask while inside such establishment (this does not include religious establishments, though mask use is strongly encouraged there as well)
- All restaurants, retail stores, salons, grocery stores, and pharmacies in the City of Doraville must require their employees to wear a mask at all times while having face-to-face interaction with the public
- Any person who is unable to safely wear a face covering due to age, an underlying health condition, or is unable to remove the face covering without the assistance of others is exempt from the above rules
There are a few instances in which masks are not required, including:
- In personal vehicles
- When a person is alone in enclosed spaces or only with other household members;
- During outdoor physical activity, provided the active person maintains a minimum of six (6) feet from other people with whom they do not cohabitate at all times;
- While drinking, eating or smoking;
- When wearing a face covering causes or aggravates a health condition;
- When wearing a face covering would prevent the receipt of personal services; and
- When a person is ten (10) years of age or younger.
Violation of this ordinance will result in a fine of $25 on the first offense, $50 on the second offense, and $100 on the third and all following offenses.
These new rules will help us get coronavirus under control as quickly as possible so life can return to normal sooner rather than later. They are set to expire on the evening of August 31.