Missoula officials to discuss proposed mask rule, public comment sought

Missoula City County Health Department
Posted at 11:09 AM, Jul 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-07 16:17:07-04

MISSOULA — Local officials have set a special meeting to discuss a proposal that would require face masks to be worn in public places in Missoula County.

The Board of Health meeting is scheduled to take place from 12:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. on Thursday to review a proposal that would increase the use of face coverings in indoor public settings.

The Missoula City-County Health Department notes that the proposed rule would be effective immediately and require that face coverings be worn inside public spaces by people 12 years of age and older.

The proposal also includes exemptions to the rule indicating specific circumstances in which an individual might be exempt from wearing a face covering, according to a news release.

The exemptions would include while people are eating or drinking, or during strenuous physical activities.

The public is invited to comment on the draft of the proposed Board Rule and Health Officer Order prior to Thursday's meeting.

Missoula County residents are being asked to submit written comments about the proposal by the close of business on Wednesday, July 8. Click here to submit comment to the health department.

The Missoula-City County Health Department reported it had received over 1,000 comments as on Tuesday afternoon.

Members of the public can tune in to the meeting via a Teams link at Microsoft Teams Meeting Call: +1 406-272-4824 (Conference ID: 455 047 058#).

Click here to view a draft of the proposed order.