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Carbondale passes face mask ordinance

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CARBONDALE (WSIL) – The City of Carbondale will now require face masks in all public places within city limits.

Carbondale city council members unanimously approved an ordinance regarding face coverings Thursday in response to a recent tide of new COVID-19 cases in Jackson County.

The Jackson County Health Department has issued a "Public Health Alert" about the increase in cases in teenagers and young adults.

"All persons within the municipal boundary of the City engaging in any activity outside of their residence, while other people are present, shall wear protective face coverings when it’s not possible to maintain a minimum 6’ social distance from others," reads the new Carbondale ordinance.

Those who violate the ordinance could face fines.

Carbondale leaders say the mask requirement will be in effect until Phase 5 of the state's Restore Illinois Plan, unless repealed sooner by the city.

To read the full Carbondale ordinance on face masks , click here.

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