#childsafety | Malibu Will Vote On Mask Ordinance

The Malibu City Council will consider fining people $50 for not wearing a mask.

The council will vote on an urgency ordinance Monday night that would require anyone over two years old to wear a face covering over their face and nose whenever they leave home, with “certain exceptions based on age, medical directives, the need to communicate with persons who are hearing impaired, participation in water-based activities, and occupations that require close contact with people who are ill,” according to a staff report. Even at restaurants, the ordinance asks patrons to wear face coverings unless they’re dining.

The ordinance exempts people who are: swimming or engaging in water activities; hearing-impaired; instructed by a doctor not to wear a face covering due to a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents a face covering; healthcare workers, first-responders, and people whose work requires them to be in close proximity with sick people.

Violators would be subject to a $50 fine, but the ordinance states that they would be warned before the fine is issued.

According to the report, the council reviewed orders by West Hollywood and Hermosa Beach in August, and directed staff to bring back an urgency ordinance similar to that of Hermosa Beach, which awards a $100 for the first violation, $200 for the second violation, and $500 for the third violation within a 12-month period.

If approved Monday, the urgency order would go into effect immediately.

“The Malibu City Council finds that this Ordinance is necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health, and safety of residents living within the City and financial stability of the local business community, and finds urgency to approve this ordinance immediately based on the facts described herein,” said the staff report.

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