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After hearing from hundreds of speakers and reading tens of thousands of written and transcribed comments since first passing an ordinance in July requiring face coverings in public spaces, Springfield City Council at its Oct. 5 meeting passed a new ordinance to extend the requirement through April 9th, 2021.
The new ordinance also raises the capacity of special events on public property from 25% to 50% of the occupancy limitation of the space, based on square footage of the area.
When will the face-covering ordinance expire?
This ordinance is in effect and will expire at 11:59 p.m. on April. 9 unless extended, rescinded, superseded or amended.
How will this ordinance be enforced?
Education will be the first step in enforcement. We will work to educate any violators of the ordinance before pursuing further action.
Failure to comply with this ordinance can result in a $100 fine for individuals, businesses, governments or non-profit entities. Each individual within or working for the entity is considered a separate violation.
How can violations be reported?
Violations of the face-covering ordinance can be reported by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 417-864-1010. If a customer at a business refuses to wear a face covering and is causing immediate danger to the businesses’ staff, please call 911.
What defines a face covering?
Face Covering means a device that covers the nose and mouth. A mask or face shield meets this requirement.
Does everyone have to wear a mask?
Under this ordinance, everyone over the age of 11 that is in the Springfield city limits will be required to wear a mask in the part of a public accommodation open to the public. There are exemptions for people who have a health condition that prevents wearing a mask. Exemptions are also made for people who are hearing impaired and people communicating with individuals who are hearing impaired. For more situations in which you should and should not wear a face mask, please refer to the questions below.
What are some examples of when to wear a face mask? Please note these are just a few examples and not a comprehensive list.
- When shopping at the grocery store or other retail establishment.
- When sitting in the stands close to others while watching a sporting event.
- When walking around spaces in public accommodations open to the public.
- When standing in line at the store or other event.
When should I not wear a face mask?
- There are several exempted activities listed in this ordinance. Those include:
- While outdoors when able to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others.
- While exercising outdoors or when exercising indoors and able to maintain a 6 foot distance.
- While at a swimming pool.
- When at home with only members of your household.
- When in your car/vehicle.
- When actively eating or drinking, or while seated and adequately spaced from others at a food establishment.
- When getting a service that requires the temporary removal of a mask, such as during a dental exam, facial, makeup application, etc.
- When the removal of the mask is necessary to confirm identity.
- When at your place of work in non-public areas, for example, in your office.
- Members of a wedding party during a wedding ceremony or while photographs of the wedding and reception are taken.
Springfield’s travel industry and business community are committed to ensuring a safe and clean environment for visitors. With that in mind, the city’s public places are opening, expanding services and accommodating more people in phases. You can find information about the current phase at https://bit.ly/SGFPhases.
At this time, most businesses and attractions are open and operating under protocols that ensure the health and safety of the public and employees. For information about those protocols and things you may need to know prior to your visit, go to www.SpringfieldMO.org/covid-19 where information is updated frequently.
The Convention & Visitors Bureau staff also is here to help make your trip to Springfield fun, memorable and safe. Please call 800-678-8767 or visit SpringfieldMO.org for more information.
Businesses are deep cleaning, employees are wearing face masks and everyone is doing what’s needed to ensure the health and safety of the public, including adhering to social distancing standards if 6 feet recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.
Restaurants, Entertainment Venues, Bars, Nightclubs, Breweries and Wineries
Restaurants must limit the number of customers as required by the Springfield-Greene County Health Department. Self-service buffets and counter seating are prohibited. We recommend you call ahead of your visit to get an idea of capacity limits, the menu and updated hours. Entertainment venues can open using the occupancy limits and guidelines from the CDC.
Hotels and Group Gatherings
Hotels in Springfield are making the appropriate changes to keep guests and employees as safe as possible. Those who wish to swim in pools can as long as the 50 percent limit is in place.
For groups, occupancy allowances are determined by measuring the space where the activity is to occur divided by 30 and multiply that by 50 percent. The solution to that formula will let you know how many people can be in that space at one time. Example: 2,500 total square feet / 30 X .50 = 41 people.