COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA)— Columbus residents and employees are now under a revised mask ordinance.
City Attorney Jeff Turnage said Mayor Robert Smith and city council members are concerned with the spread of the coronavirus and the spike in cases.
Columbus already had a resolution in place which required employees of businesses to wear masks and to have markers in the floor to encourage social distancing, said Turnage.
City council members voted for a revised mask order, requiring all employees and patrons to wear a mask when inside a building where customers are served.
“If they’re not eating or drinking in a restaurant they need to be wearing a mask," he said. "And if they’re not working out in a fitness center then they need to be wearing a mask.”
The mask ordinance went into effect Thursday morning at 7 a.m.
Turnage said police officers will be on hand to enforce that patrons and employees wear masks.
“Employees are not supposed to engage employees to make them put on a mask, but they’re strongly encouraged to call emergency response if they see a customer not wearing one so police can respond as soon as they can,” he said.