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The goal of the ordinance is to provide safety and well-being for all community members through clear communication and education. Individuals who are not following the ordinance may face a fine for non-compliance.
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Masks / face coverings should:
When wearing a mask / face covering:
It’s a good idea to wash your mask / face covering frequently, ideally after each use, or at least daily. Have a bag or bin to keep masks / face coverings in until they can be laundered with detergent and hot water and dried on a hot cycle. If you must re-wear your mask / face covering before washing, wash your hands immediately after putting it back on and avoid touching your face.
Discard masks / face coverings that:
No. For outdoor events (that do not require a permit by the city), masks are not required. However, you are highly encouraged to wear a mask, especially if social distancing of six feet is not possible.
A mask / face covering does not need to be worn by an individual who meets one of the following exceptions:
Children under two (2) years of age should not wear a mask / face covering.
Yes, individuals standing behind plastic/acrylic barriers will still need to wear a mask unless 6’ of social distancing can be maintained.
No, business owners are not required to enforce the mask mandate. Individuals (i.e customers/clients) are responsible to follow the rules set forth in the mask mandate; however, business owners are encouraged to take the Brookings Stay Safe Pledge and reserve the right to refuse service to a non-compliant individual if they choose. Business owners are responsible for making sure that their employees as well as themselves are compliant. If there is an issue, the business may call the Brookings Police Department non-emergency line at 605-692-2113.
If there is an issue, businesses can call the Brookings Police Department non-emergency line to report non-compliance. Customers who have medical requirements that do not allow them to wear masks can simply state so and no verification should be required. If there appears to be unwarranted use of this exemption, the City will likely review, but we hope people will be honest in use of this exemption. Businesses can reserve the right to refuse service. If social distancing is available and observed by everyone, the business may choose to recognize this circumstance and masks are not required in this instance.
Businesses are not required to provide masks for customers, but it is encouraged. Individuals are responsible for acquiring and providing their own face covering. The City of Brookings has face coverings available for residents who do not have one.
Businesses are not required to post signage stating that masks are required, however, it is encouraged.
To report a violation or concern, contact the Brookings Police Department Non-Emergency Line: 605-692-6323
If social distancing of 6’ or more is being practiced in an indoor space (or waiting in line to enter an indoor space), masks are not required. The wearing of face coverings is, however, highly encouraged.
Buildings or businesses that are zoned commercial or considered a commercial space must adhere to the mandate at all times.
A City-sanctioned event is any event that requires a permit from the City of Brookings to happen. An example of this would be an event that requires a street closure, like a parade.