Lewiston council approves mask mandate

A divided Lewiston City Council passed an emergency mask mandate Thursday night to help stem the alarming local spike in COVID-19 cases. The measure generally mandates that people wear a face mask or other covering when in public. The original draft of the order didn’t include an expiration date, but the council approved an amendment proposed by Blakey to add a termination date on or before Jan. 25. Another amendment makes the first offense a warning. Escalating fines of $50, $150, $250 and $350 will be imposed for each subsequent offense. It requires face coverings when people are in any indoor or outdoor public place where 6 feet of physical distancing is not able to be maintained with non-household members. It also requires that same level of physical distancing whenever possible when in a public place. (Lewiston Tribune)

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