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Supervisors and Board of Health issue face covering order for Johnson County

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors, in coordination with the Johnson County Board of Health, voted to issue a resolution that, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, every person in Johnson County must wear a face covering when in a public place.
The resolution, signed Thursday, July 23, requires face coverings that cover the nose and mouth when:
• In public as opposed to being in one’s place of residence, when one cannot stay 6 feet away from others.
• Inside of any indoor public settings, for example, but not limited to:
- Grocery stores;
- Pharmacies;
- Hardware stores;
- Retail stores;
- Other public settings that are not one’s place of residence and when among persons who do not live in the household.
• Outside, if keeping 6 feet away from others is not possible.
• Using public transportation or private car service (including taxis, ride share or carpooling).
Places and times where persons are exempt from wearing a face covering:
• While traveling in a personal vehicle alone or with household members.
• While a person is alone or is in the presence of only household members.
• While exercising at moderate or high intensity, e.g., jogging or biking.
• While seated at a food establishment in the process of eating or drinking.
• While obtaining a service that would require temporary removal of the person’s face covering.
• When federal or state law prohibits wearing a face covering or requires the removal of the face covering.
If a cloth face covering is chosen, appropriate use of a cloth face covering includes:
• A snug fit, but comfortable against the side of the face.
• Completely covers the nose and mouth.
• Is secured with ties or ear loops.
• Includes multiple layers of fabric.
• Allows for breathing without restriction.
• Can be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape.
Those who are exempt from wearing a cloth face covering:
• Persons younger than 2 years old due to the risk of suffocation.
• Anyone who has trouble breathing, on oxygen therapy or ventilator.
• Anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance.
• Anyone who has been told by a medical, legal or behavioral health professional not to wear face coverings.