ST. CHARLES – Aldermen may do more to ensure that residents are wearing face masks in public places as a way to slow the spread of COVID-19.
They will discuss the matter during Monday's Government Operations Committee meeting, which will take place immediately after the St. Charles City Council meeting at 7 p.m. More information about how to watch and attend the meeting is at the city's website, stcharlesil.gov.
On April 24, St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina issued an executive order that everyone over the age of 2 is required to wear some sort of face covering over their nose and mouth while in a public place and six foot social distance cannot be achieved. The order also states a face covering should be worn when engaging in essential activities like shopping for necessary supplies and services, seeking medical supplies or medication, visiting a heath professional or riding public transportation.
Violators are subject to fines starting at $50 per violation. The order took effect May 1 in conjunction with a statewide mask order.
In this month's city newsletter, Rogina reminds residents to wear face coverings as the number of COVID-19 cases in Illinois continues to increase. Gov. JB Pritzker has said that certain health metrics could trigger a rollback of reopening guidelines.
"It is in no one’s best interest to regress to a previous phase that confines the marketplace and creates frustration, anxiety and economic hardship," Rogina said. "It is incumbent upon all of us to stymie the virus by wearing masks, practicing good hygiene and social distancing. The employers and employees of business establishments need to lead by example; there is much at stake. Customers should be responsible to others."