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City of Oxford brings back mask mandate

City of Oxford brings back mask mandate
Published: Jan. 19, 2022 at 2:55 PM EST
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OXFORD, Ohio (WXIX) - Oxford City Council voted to enact a city-wide mask mandate for public indoor settings, effective immediately.

At the Jan. 18 meeting, the ordinance proposed by City Manager Douglas Elliott was passed on a 6 to 1 vote.

It applies to anyone two years old and up, regardless of vaccination status.

“Miami University, our largest employer, has a face mask regulation in place for indoor face mask requirements,” Elliott explained. “Several of our businesses require that our employees. So, the city council felt they needed to do what they can to protect the public.”

One exemption to the mandate is if a person is eating or drinking at a bar or restaurant. Other exemptions include religious or medicinal reasons.

Residents are also not required to wear a mask if:

  • They are participating in a sport
  • They are working in a private space
  • They are receiving personal services that a mask would prevent

Under the order, someone not wearing a mask in a required setting can be fined $100.

The mask mandate will be in place until March 1.

In addition to the mask mandate, Council passed a resolution recommending that residents get vaccinated.

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