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Joplin City Council Decides Against Extending Mask Ordinance

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Michele Skalicky
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A mask mandate in Joplin has been allowed to expire.  About two dozen people voiced their opinions on the ordinance at meeting Monday night.  Afterwards, Joplin City Council voted to let the ordinance expire at 11:59 that night.

The mask ordinance went into effect on July 11 to try to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Joplin City Council also voted to move Joplin to Step 4 of Phase 2 in the city’s Response and Recovery Plan.  It eliminates any occupancy restrictions for businesses, restaurants, gyms, workshop centers and other places.  Mass gatherings are still limited to 250 people.

But council members said citizens should still be cautious and practice social distancing. They encouraged the public to wear masks if social distancing isn’t possible.