Mask ordinance adopted by City Council
On Tuesday, August 11, the Claremont City Council unanimously adopted an urgency ordinance setting fines for non-compliance with State and County mask orders. While the ordinance applies Citywide, it targets enforcement efforts in key areas that consistently have large concentrations of people. The ordinance creates four “mask zones” where non-exempt individuals must wear masks unless they can demonstrate that it is feasible to maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from others. The “mask zones” include the Thompson Creek Trail, the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park, the Village, and the Village expansion.
Individuals will be given a warning and offered a mask before being issued a citation for refusing to wear a mask. Citations begin at $100 for the first offense and up to $500 for multiple citations. Park rangers, police aides, reserve officers, and select City employees will issue the citations and warnings. Persons in exempt categories will not be cited. Exemptions include children under the age of two; people with a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask; workers if wearing a mask creates a safety hazard; people obtaining a service involving the nose or face; the hearing impaired; people seated at restaurants; and those working outside or exercising, as long as they can safely maintain six feet of distance from others.
For more information: Mask Ordinance Webpage.