The World Health Organization on Friday released new guidelines on who should wear masks and where they should be worn, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Business Insider, everyone in areas with community transmission should wear a face mask when social distancing isn’t feasible.
Likewise, people over 60 and those who have underlying health conditions should wear a medical mask in spaces where social distancing is difficult.
Healthcare workers in areas with widespread transmission should also wear medical masks, not just those working with novel coronavirus patients.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom also stressed that masks alone do not protect people from the coronavirus.
The Nixa City Council voted 6-0 against a possible masking ordinance Monday night following a lengthy meeting.
The vote in Nixa came one week after nearby Springfield approved a similar ordinance requiring people over the age of 11 to wear face coverings in most indoor public settings for the next three months to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Monday’s meeting in Nixa lasted about five hours and featured more than 40 speakers, most of whom were against requiring masks, according to City Clerk Cindy Robbins.
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While masks won’t be required city-wide in Nixa, the school district announced last week that K-12 employees and students would be required to wear masks at school until further notice. Masks are also required at indoor facilities operated by the city of Nixa.
As of Monday, there had been 122 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one death in Christian County, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website.
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Similar to the ordinance adopted in Springfield, the proposed Nixa law would have carried a $100 fine for violating the order.
Despite not passing a city-wide masking requirement, Nixa city leaders have recommended that people follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines about wearing face coverings in public.
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