According to a new ordinance approved by the Alexandria City Council, face coverings will be mandatory in indoor and outdoor public settings in the Virginia city starting October. Alexandria’s new mask ordinance takes effect Oct. 1 and applies to anyone in a public space over the age of 10. It includes those present at indoor venues, as well as outdoor areas where social distancing isn’t achievable.
The ordinance reads, “COVID-19 is extremely easy to transmit, can be transmitted by infected people who show no symptoms, and the population has not developed herd immunity. At this time, there is no known cure, no effective treatment, no vaccine; and because people may be infected but asymptomatic, they may unwittingly infect others.”
According to wtop.com, “First-time offenders will be reminded to wear a mask. City officials considered but ultimately opted against imposing a $100 fine for those who failed to adhere. The mandate will remain in effect until Alexandria’s local emergency declaration for the COVID-19 pandemic, originally issued March 14, is rescinded.”