“I think what’s proactive about this is we are signaling to community visitors, as well as to Greene County Public Health, how we want to see these situations handled,” said Village Council President Brian Housh. “So by potentially laying that out and doing it in a way that fits our village values, I think is appropriate.”
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The second ordinance requires facial coverings in the central business district, or downtown Yellow Springs, and declares a state of emergency. People are only required to wear a mask when they are not able to maintain a physical distance of at least six feet.
Residents and visitors with documented medical conditions that prevent the wearing of a facial covering are exempt from the ordinance, as well as children under the age of 10 years old.
The emergency meeting lasted more than two and a half hours, as council members decided on amendments and exemptions to the ordinances as they were initially proposed.
All exemptions to the ordinances can be found on the village's website at https://www.yso.com/council/.
The ordinances were first discussed at the council’s regular meeting on Monday, but members didn’t have enough time to agree upon all the sections and exemptions. Housh said council decided an emergency meeting was necessary because action surrounding required masks could not wait until the next regular meeting.