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Posted on: August 19, 2020

Council adopts face covering strategies

The Minot City Council adopted a temporary policy requiring City of Minot employees to wear face coverings at times during work hours, and supported a community-wide directive encouraging residents to wear face coverings to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Both items were unanimously approved by Council and have an effective date of Aug. 24. They will expire on Nov. 16 unless extended or terminated earlier by the Council.

The community wide mask directive follows the State of North Dakota’s #MaskUpND initiative, encouraging members of the public to wear masks to assist in keeping North Dakota citizens safe. It is not mandatory.

“The City Council and City of Minot strongly appeals to the good judgment and common sense of the residents, visitors, and businesses of Minot to comply with the following directives,” according to the resolution’s language. Those directives are three simple things we know now to help mitigate spread: Masks, social distancing, and handwashing.

The official directive includes:

  • Residents and visitors within public places, common areas, and private businesses in Minot are strongly encouraged to utilize face coverings when in public places and unable to maintain a six-foot distance between themselves and other people
  • Residents and visitors are strongly encouraged to continue practicing proper distancing
  • Residents and visitors are strongly encouraged to practice healthy handwashing and hygiene habits, including the regular disinfection of commonly touched surfaces

The employee policy mandates that City of Minot employees wear face coverings in many situations where proper social distancing cannot be practiced.

“There has been a great deal of discussion over the last four or five months on what the best approach would be,” interim City Manager David Lakefield said. “I think the consensus was that this is the common approach, and that we had to have some direction, not only from the staff level, but as a city as well.”

A committee drafted the resolution, and Lakefield said much discussion centered on how to make a policy work when the City has such varied departments where many employees work outside.

“We discussed how are we going to draft a policy to accommodate all of those scenarios, and I think our group did a great job of doing that,” Lakefield said. “This is guidance. I think they did a good job of coming up with a document that is a solid foundation, and we’ll continue to monitor what’s happening in the community and in the country. We’ll make changes if necessary as things develop.”

There are multiple requirements for City of Minot employees to wear face coverings, including:

  • Whenever in a public indoor space such as a lobby, elevator, hallway, or any type of public setting indoors where a six-foot distance cannot be maintained
  • Whenever communicating or working in the same room as a citizen, guest, or outside vendor when a six-foot distance cannot be maintained
  • Whenever working outdoors and interacting with the public where a six-foot distance cannot be maintained
  • Whenever riding in a vehicle with others

“Having read through these resolutions, and understanding that many places throughout our community have made decisions to require masks for their customers and their employees, I think that while there are some people who put forth the argument that masks don’t work or they are somehow an infringement on individual liberty, I don’t think it’s too much to do and not too much of a sacrifice to make, so I will be supporting this,” said alderman Mark Jantzer.

e requirements for City of Minot employees to wear face coverings, including:

  • Whenever in a public indoor space such as a lobby, elevator, hallway, or any type of public setting indoors where a six-foot distance cannot be maintained
  • Whenever communicating or working in the same room as a citizen, guest, or outside vendor when a six-foot distance cannot be maintained
  • Whenever working outdoors and interacting with the public where a six-foot distance cannot be maintained
  • Whenever riding in a vehicle with others

“Having read through these resolutions, and understanding that many places throughout our community have made decisions to require masks for their customers and their employees, I think that while there are some people who put forth the argument that masks don’t work or they are somehow an infringement on individual liberty, I don’t think it’s too much to do and not too much of a sacrifice to make, so I will be supporting this,” said alderman Mark Jantzer.

Both items were unanimously approved by the Council.

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