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Ann Arbor City Council Implements Face Covering And Social Gathering Ordinance

Aug 25, 2020

As University of Michigan students return to Ann Arbor, the City of Ann Arbor has reinstated a local state of emergency order and implemented a new face covering and social gathering ordinance.  

The new ordinance requires residents to wear a face covering and maintain six feet of distance between people who are not members of the same household and applies to both indoor and outdoor settings.  Social gatherings are now limited to 10 people indoors and 25 for outside.  Council Member Chip Smith from the 5th ward says council approved the new measures during a city council meeting Monday night and set fines of up to $250 for violators.

Council Member Chip Smith: As our police are out there enforcing this, yes, tickets will be written.

During Monday night’s meeting, council also decided they will host a virtual meet-and-greet event with the four finalists being considered for the city administrator job and the public.  They’re in the process of selecting a date for the meeting.  For more details on the face covering and social gathering ordinance, click here.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu