Updated: July 09, 2020 06:46 PM
Created: July 09, 2020 05:54 PM
(ABC 6 News) - A face covering is now required to enter City Hall and other public buildings in Mason City. The new ordinance is the result of a rise of COVID-19 cases in Cerro Gordo County.
"I don't have a problem with it, at all,” said Mason City resident Debra Neal.
Earlier this week, Neal voluntarily wore a mask into City Hall. As of Thursday, she no longer has a choice, but she’s ok with that.
"I think City Hall is doing a good thing by making sure that people wear their mask in there because you don't want to get anybody sick, and you don't want to get sick,” Neal said.
While the mask mandate is only in effect for city-owned facilities, there’s a movement for businesses to mask up too.
This week, Vision North Iowa, a group comprised of the chamber of commerce and economic corridor, are pushing a campaign they've adopted called ‘Masks of Wellness’.
The initiative encourages businesses to ensure the safety of their employees and customers by wearing masks in shared workspaces, practicing good hygiene, and conducting daily health screenings.
"We want to do everything we can to keep north Iowa businesses open,” said Allyson Krull with the Mason City Chamber of Commerce.
As an incentive for businesses to join the program, Vision North Iowa is offering free starter kits that include 25 disposable masks and signage to display at their businesses.
"Our businesses everywhere have been through a lot and we're finally getting to that stage where they're open and running again and we want to do whatever it is to keep it that way,” Krull said.
The idea is that public health is economic health. If the community is healthy and well, then so is the economy.
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