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New Castle mulls law to require wearing face masks mandatory on public, private properties

The town of New Castle is considering a tough new measure to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

News 12 Staff

Jul 6, 2020, 6:41 PM

Updated 1,415 days ago

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The town of New Castle is considering a tough new measure to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Town officials are considering a law that would make wearing face masks mandatory on public and private properties, as well as in places of business - if someone is unable to social distance.
The move comes after a cluster of COVID-19 cases traced to the June 20 Horace Greeley High School drive-thru graduation, and an after-party that was not sponsored by the school.
That number of cases now stands at 27.
Under the proposed law, if a town police officer observes a violation, they can issue a summons similar to a traffic stop.
Fines can range anywhere from $250 to $500.
"We need to make sure that people understand the gravity of their actions, the consequences of their actions, even if it's well-intentioned. Not just regulate what happens in publicly, it's what we don't see that compromises our health," says New Castle Deputy Town Supervisor Jeremy Saland.
The town will hold a public hearing and possible vote on the proposed measure on July 14.
Officials say the proposed law is not about issuing summonses or generating revenue for the town.
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