Currently, there is no punishment in place for residents who do not comply with the resolution.
“Right now, it’s self-compliance,” Housh said. “We have not yet attached a fine or some other kind of penalty to it, so our hope is that people will recognize the expectations we have in Yellow Springs and be respectful — and if they come to town without a mask, then we’ll try and get a mask in their hand.”
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Most shops in the business district are selling masks, as well, Housh added.
In the resolution, the new requirements were declared an emergency measure under home rule power granted by the Village Charter.
“Council for the Village of Yellow Springs does hereby recognize that the Village population is comprised of many people who are considered to be ‘at risk’ if they contract the COVID-19 virus,” stated the resolution. “Yellow Springs is a community frequented by persons who travel from locations both outside the Village and county.”
The resolution stated it weighed available information about the COVID-19 virus and consulted with the Greene County Combined Health District, considered the guidance of the Ohio Department of Health and input from Governor DeWine, residents, business owners and Village team members.