“I’d like to make a motion where we strongly urge our citizens to wear masks in public, but that we drop the mandate.”Gary Shaw, Fmr. Mayor, Zone 1
That motion passed with a 5-4 margin. With that vote about 10:50 PM it ended the mask mandate about an hour before it was set to expire. The marathon meeting continued over the 5 hour mark.
Then after a short discussion it was voted 8-1 that the city move forward, lifting most capacity restrictions skipping ahead to the Phase 4 of the reopening plan.
Our non-scientific online voting included residents and non-residents because wearing masks inside the city limits affects anyone traveling within the city.
We had nearly 11,000 votes in about 24 hours. 6,000- NO (57%) and 4,500 YES (43%). So the “NO” had it, meaning, no, do not extend the ordinance.
Shortly after 10:30 PM Keenan Cortez made a motion to extend the ordinance to September 21 after council members Christina Williams and Diane Reid Adams stated the need for students and teachers to adjust back into the classroom. That was not passed by council majority.
ORIGINAL JOPLIN, Mo. — The City of Joplin Mask Ordinance is set to expire Monday, “August 17, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., unless extended or terminated prior to that date by the Mayor or the City Council.”
Monday night is a regularly scheduled Joplin City Council Meeting at Joplin City Hall and the agenda is now published. Besides regular council business there are nine speakers on the agenda. It appears all of them will speak regarding the mask ordinance.
Joplin News First hopes to bring you the meeting Monday evening live at 6:00 PM. However you can also view it live on KGCS-TV channel 21 and regional cable television systems including Sparklight in Joplin; or livestream at http://www.joplinmo.org/182/Video-Multimedia In compliance with the social distancing requirement of six feet, the number of guests in the Council Chambers is limited to 45.
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