City Council approves mask-wearing Resolution
Front-line workers and tourists
'strongly encouraged' to mask-up
After reviewing more than 500 letters from business owners and citizens and listening to more than an hour of comment from the public, the Whitefish City Council on Monday passed a resolution that "strongly encourages" the use of masks or cloth face coverings in businesses and public settings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
With COVID-19 infection rates on the rise in Montana and across the country, Mayor John Muhlfeld says the Council took the action in an effort to "protect our vulnerable community and keep our economy open."
The Resolution calls for "all individuals" to wear face masks i
ndoors in businesses or other public settings, and outdoors when in "communal settings."
Business are directed to provide masks to employees and require their use in the workplace, and to encourage patrons to wear face coverings by prominently posting signs suggesting the same.
First step towards mandatory mask ordinance?
While encouraging workers and the public to wear masks, the Resolution stops short of mandating their use. Mayor Muhlfeld and other Councilors made it clear, however, that if their "encouragement" doesn't have the desired effect, the Council may consider passage of an Ordinance that legally requires masking in public and establishes penalties (i.e. fines) for non-compliance.
The City's Crisis Communications Team has designed a pair of new window signs in an effort to encourage our visitors to comply with the new Masking Resolution. Click on the links below to download and print one for your business: