Thursday, the Pocatello City Council voted to keep Pocatello’s face covering ordinance in place.
Additionally, the Council voted to approve a motion to call a special meeting to consider rescinding the ordinance if cases fall below a rate of 15 cases per 10,000 for 14 consecutive days. If the ordinance is not repealed at a special meeting, the ordinance will be revisited again at the City Council’s May 6 meeting.
Under the ordinance, “every person shall, when in any indoor or outdoor public place, completely cover their nose and mouth when members of the public are physically present for otherwise unprotected social interaction with persons other than household members.”
Exceptions are provided for:
- Children under the age of 5.
- Persons who cannot medically tolerate wearing a face covering. A person is not required to provide documentation demonstrating that the person cannot medically tolerate wearing a face covering.
- Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, or communicating with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
- Persons, including on-duty law-enforcement officers, for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.
- Persons who are obtaining a service involving the nose, face, or head for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service.
- Persons who are eating or drinking at a restaurant or other establishment that offers food or beverage service, so long as the person is able to maintain social distancing, as recommended by the CDC, from persons who are not members of the same household or party as the person.
- Persons who are incarcerated.
- Patrons of gyms so long as the gym is following a plan approved by the local health district.
- Outdoor and/or indoor public places where people can maintain social distancing as recommended by the CDC.
A list of frequently asked questions about the ordinance is available at bit.ly/2VXMoc1.
To view the ordinance, visit bit.ly/3ffLWi8.