Decatur City Council calls special meeting to discuss facial coverings

Decatur

DECATUR, Ala. – Decatur Mayor Tab Bowling says the council will consider a facial covering ordinance at a special meeting Monday evening.

Bowling posted to Facebook Saturday evening that he continues to receive inquiries about facial coverings.

The agenda for the special meeting includes two items.

  • To Rescind Resolution No. 20-137 Parks & Recreation Organizational Restructure
  • To discuss a protective measure relative to COVID19

Decatur City Council President Paige Bibbee said the meeting could play out a couple different ways.

“I’m hoping, and keeping my fingers crossed that tomorrow we can have a very strongly worded resolution that lets folks know the actual facts about the virus, the asymptomatic spreading, and just the importance of the masks,” Bibbee said.

Council members could also propose an ordinance.

“I hope that residents take heed to the resolution,” she said. “As president of the council, I cant make motions. I have to then take motions from the floor and if someone brings up the ordinance motion then we’ll proceed with that.”

A resolution is an order without a penalty. An ordinance would make wearing a mask the law and people could have to pay fines. Bibbee said she hopes that’s not the council’s first move.

“If it continues and people still ignore wearing the mask and our numbers continue to jump, then we may be forced to pass an ordinance,” Bibbee said.

The special meeting is scheduled for Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. The city will live stream the meeting on it’s YouTube channel.

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