The Maryville City Council, on Wednesday, unanimously approved an ordinance requiring face coverings in public.
According to a press release, over the past week, the Nodaway County Health Department has confirmed nearly three dozen new positive cases of COVID-19.
"With several thousand Northwest Missouri State University students from across the country and world returning to Maryville in the coming weeks, face coverings may prevent further exponential growth in positive cases. Face coverings and social distancing mandates are made in an attempt to prevent additional mitigation actions, such as shelter-in-place orders, closure of nonessential business, and restrictions on gathering sizes."
The press release also states that enforcement of the ordinance will focus on education and working to promote reducing the spread of COVID-19, however fines may be issued to achieve compliance.
The ordinance goes into effect Monday, July 27th.
To view the full ordinance, click here.