Newton officials looking at mask recommendation

The Newton City Commission has decided to look at a strong recommendation for the wearing of masks in the community to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

At a special meeting, commissioners heard from residents and then decided not to go with a mandate.  They have asked staff to bring back a resolution for their July 14th meeting that will recommend masks in public spaces.

The recommendation covers the following situations:

  1. Inside any indoor public space where distancing of six feet between individuals is not possible at all times.
  2. In line and waiting to enter an indoor public space.
  3. Obtaining health-care services.
  4. Waiting for or riding on public transportation or while in a taxi or ride-sharing vehicle.
  5. While outdoors in public spaces and unable to maintain a six-foot distance between individuals.

The resolution would allow churches and schools to make their own decisions about the wearing of masks.