The Springfield City Council approved an ordinance March 16 limiting public gatherings for 30 days, following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Here’s the ordinance: A special ordinance prohibiting any public gathering of 50 or more persons except for educational institutions, daycare facilities, and business operations in the corporate limits of the City of Springfield during the duration of the Mayor’s proclamation of civil emergency dated March 16, 2020, or any extension thereof; authorizing the Mayor to issue an order amending which public gatherings are prohibited to protect public health; establishing a penalty for violating the prohibition; and declaring an emergency pursuant to City Charter Section 2.12.