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City of MV updates mask mandate

This from the City of Mount Vernon:

On March 25, 2020, Mayor Jamie Hampton made the executive decision to join the City of Mt. Vernon to the Declaration of Disaster Emergency drafted by the Linn County Emergency Management Commission and executed by the Linn County Board of Supervisors.  At the time, the declaration activated the disaster response and recovery aspects of the Linn County Comprehensive Emergency Plan and those additional response plans applicable to this disaster emergency and authorizes the use and deployment of all available municipal and county resources, supplies, equipment, and materials as are reasonably necessary to assist in the preparedness, response recovery, and mitigation of this disaster.  At approximately 8 a.m. this morning, Mayor Jamie Hampton made the executive decision to lift the local emergency proclamation related to Covid-19.  This does not mean the Covid-19 pandemic has ended for Mt. Vernon; it simply eliminates the need to have emergency powers over the Police and purchasing that are conveyed upon himself by the city code.

On August 4, 2020, the Mt. Vernon City Council approved Resolution #8-4-2020A mandating the use of masks/face coverings in public and establishing the guidelines for said use.  At their May 17, 2021 meeting, the Mt. Vernon City Council voted 3-2 in favor of lifting the masks/face coverings beginning at 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, June 1, 2021.  According to CDC guidelines released on Thursday, May 13, 2021, fully vaccinated individuals are allowed to resume activities that were done prior to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.  The lifting of the local mask/face coverings resolution does not limit a local establishment’s ability to require mask/face coverings before entering their facility.

Beginning June 1, 2021, fully vaccinated individuals will be allowed to enter City facilities (including the LBC and municipal pool) without a mask/face covering.  Individuals choosing to end mask use under the guise of being fully vaccinated in order to enter public facilities and local establishments, do so at their own risk and contrary to the CDC guidelines.