Mandatory Mask Order Issued


The City of St. Joseph has issued a declaration and order that will require individuals to wear face coverings or masks when indoors with the exception of residences. The order goes into effect Thursday, Sept. 17, at 12:01 a.m.
What does this mean for your business?
  • All employees will be required to wear a mask. If a 6 foot distance can be maintained from customers and other employees, i.e., an individual office, then a mask is not required.
  • All customers entering your business will be required to wear a mask. There are exceptions as follows:
    • Persons under the age of 5 or those who are developmentally unable to comply
    • Persons who have physical disabilities that prevent them from comfortably wearing or taking off a face covering or mask or prevent them from communicating while wearing a face covering or mask
    • Persons who have a medical condition that is exacerbated by wearing a face covering or mask
    • Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication
    • Persons who are seated in a restaurant or bar
    • Persons who are obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face covering or mask is necessary to perform the service
  • Business owners and managers are responsible for ensuring employees and customers wear masks or face coverings
  • It is recommended that signage be placed at entrances informing those entering the business that they must wear a mask or face covering based on the city’s order.
  • Face coverings are not required in outdoor spaces
  • Face coverings are required in indoor retail stores with 10,000 square feet of indoor space and in indoor spaces in which 6 feet cannot be maintained from others who are not part of the same household
  • For restaurants, bars and taverns, persons who are seated are not required to wear a mask. Customers should wear a mask when they enter and leave the premises.
Additional information can be obtained by calling the City’s Health Department at (816) 271-4636.