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Framework for future COVID-19 enforcement laid, public reacts

Chico city council laid the groundwork for possible fines in the city when it comes to enforcing future COVID-19 guidelines.

Posted: Aug 6, 2020 11:42 PM
Updated: Aug 7, 2020 9:07 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Chico City Council laid the groundwork for possible fines in the city when it comes to enforcing future COVID-19 guidelines.

There are people on both sides of the ruling when it comes to Chico enforcing face coverings.

As of July 31, the enforcement is for all public spaces where social distancing is not possible, you are required to wear a mask.

At the last city council meeting on Aug. 4, a ruling was approved to fine businesses that are not following the state mandate.

This ruling could also be used as a framework when it comes to the city enforcing any other COVID-19 related guidelines.

$100 for the first offense, $200 for the next, and $500 for the third offense and any more after that.

Some community members say they think that masks should be worn everywhere and an enforcement fine would help the city. While others think they should be worn only in certain places.

"I'd rather us not have to be forced to wear them while we're out here," shared community member, Alex Day. "I can understand while we're going to hospitals and clinics we need to wear them. Keep the masks to hospitals and clinics in my opinion."

"It doesn't bother me, especially if this is what's gonna help others that are more vulnerable to what's going on so," said Netty Roe. "I think they should crackdown, it's important. Quite frankly, I would love for this to make some progression. So if wearing the mask is going to do that, I'm all for it."

The city follows the state mask mandate that requires masks to be worn at all times when indoors.

Businesses in Chico have taken it upon themselves to enforce face coverings or masks when entering their stores.

More than a dozen cities in California have already implemented fines to people who are not wearing face coverings in public. Fines in those cities range anywhere from $100 up to $2,000.

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