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Central Illinois city to debate mandatory mask-wearing ordinance

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From Mayor Steve Dean's Facebook page.

LEROY (HOI) - Elected officials in McLean County's third largest community will decide later this month whether to require people to wear masks in public, or be subject to a possible fine.

LeRoy Mayor Steve Dean said he's introducing a resolution, crafted by the Illinois Municipal League, which will be considered by the city council at its August 17 virtual meeting.

Dean said he's not taking sides on the issue, noting it has divided every community. According to the mayor, the council needs to take a stand one way or the other. A two-thirds majority, or six of the eight council members, is required for approval.

I realize that there are many differing feelings and opinions, both pro and con, when it comes to masks and other face coverings. To that end, I would encourage you to contact your aldermen and express your thoughts on the matter.

The proposed ordinance includes provisions that people must wear face coverings while working or shopping at retail businesses, picking up food from a drive-thru or curbside, using public transportation, and interacting with people at a business or place of worship that's open to the general public.

Masks would not be required for children younger than two years old, and for people who have diagnosed medical problems that might become worse if they wear face coverings.

People violating LeRoy's city code face a $25 fine for a first offense, $50 for a second offense, and $100 for a third violation.

Dean said the McLean County Health Department informed him that seven LeRoy residents tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic in March.

LeRoy is McLean County's third largest city, located between the Twin-Cities and Champaign. It has a population of about 3,500 people.

Howard Packowitz

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