Enforcement of Mask-Wearing Mandate

As its positive case rates and hospitalizations surge, Indiana will join the many states with a mandatory mask-wearing policy to stop the spread of COVID-19.

In response, City of Huntington officials have clarified confusion that has become apparent regarding enforcement of the governor’s mask mandate, which goes into effect Monday, July 27.

“Our foremost priority as a City is to continue educating the public and encouraging all residents of Huntington to follow public health guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19,” Mayor Richard Strick stated Friday.

Local law enforcement will not actively patrol for violations but will be available to assist any public and private entities with belligerent customers who refuse employee requests to wear a mask, he continued. As with all situations involving enforcement of laws, Huntington Police officers retain broad discretion to address situations on a case-by-case basis.

Under the governor’s executive order, Indiana residents who are 8 and older are required to wear a mask when:

  • Inside a business, public building or other indoor place open to the public.
  • In an outdoor public space where six feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Using public transportation or while in a taxi, private car service or ride-sharing vehicle.

While not required, it is strongly recommended children ages 2 to 7 wear a mask in those settings. Children under 2 years of age should not wear a mask.

The executive order also provides medical exemptions and does not require masks at religious services when six feet of social distancing can be maintained.

Read Executive Order 20-37 here.

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