Burlington is now requiring staff and customers to wear face shields or coverings inside establishments after a City Council vote Monday.
The move went into effect May 18 in the midst of COVID-19, the official name of the disease related to the coronavirus that first started to affect people at the end of 2019.
The resolution applies to all establishments “open to the public for service and/or the sale of products and commodities on a retail basis.” Only Councilor Ali Dieng, I-Ward 7, voted no to the resolution.
Establishments mentioned in the resolution include hardware, grocery and convenience stores. This resolution does not apply to spaces like bars, restaurants and hotels. An amendment mandating masks in city buildings passed.
The resolution exempts children under two from having to wear cloth face coverings, per guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Councilor Zoraya Hightower, P-Ward 1, moved to insert the following, which passed:
“WHEREAS, some members of the community, such as people with health concerns, and people of color — especially young men of color, may be made unsafe by wearing a face covering, businesses should have an understanding of cultural competency and consider how to accommodate customers who may not feel safe wearing masks.”
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