Masking Ordinance FAQ



When does the face covering ordinance expire?

The Face Covering Order expires on December 31, 2020 at 11:59 PM unless otherwise extended, rescinded, superseded or amended. 

Is the State of Emergency Order extended?

Yes. The State of Emergency is now set to expire on January 31, 2021 unless otherwise extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended. 

What does the ordinance require? 

Under this ordinance, everyone over the age of 11 is now required to wear a face covering when in public spaces in the city limits of Ozark. 

I am a business owner. Do I have to require a mask for my employees and customers?

Except as otherwise provided in this Order, all businesses shall require Face Coverings to be worn as described in this order. All businesses that are open to the public are recommended to post a sign at public entrances that the use of Face Coverings is required by those seeking to enter the business. 

What counts as a face covering? 

This Order describes face coverings as a device that covers the nose and mouth. Face Covering includes, but is not limited to:

  • a sewn mask with ties or straps around the head or behind the ears; 
  • multiple layers of fabric tied around the head; 
  • is made from a variety of materials such as fleece, cotton, or linen;
  • or factory-made or made from household items

I have a medical condition which prevents me from wearing a face covering. Am I exempted?

Exemptions are made for those with a medical condition, mental health condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering, and when any party to a communication is deaf or hard of hearing and not wearing a Face Covering is essential to communication. 

Other exemptions for when inside Ozark city limits include (situations in which a mask can be removed is listed further down):

  • If you are asked to by:
    • A law enforcement officer
    • Medical provider including emergency personnel
  • When necessary to confirm the identity of a person
  • When federal or state law prohibits wearing a face covering or requires the removal of it 

Do I need a doctors note to prove I have a medical condition, disability or mental health condition that prevents me from wearing a mask?

No, you do not need a doctors note or documentation proving you have a medical condition, disability, or mental health condition which prevents you from wearing a mask for purposes of this order. However, you may be required to provide certification to your employer.

When should I wear my face mask? Here are a few examples. Please note this is not a comprehensive list. 

  • When shopping at a grocery store or other retail establishment
  • When inside or outside and unable to distance six feet in a public space
  • When walking around spaces in public accommodations open to the public
  • When standing in line at the store or other event

When can I remove my mask?

  • While you are indoors or outdoors and when able to maintain a distance of at least six feet from others
  • When engaged in the following activities;
    • Exercise activity
    • Eating or Drinking only when inside or in the outside dining area of a restaurant or other establishment that offers food or beverage service
    • Giving a speech, presentation, performance or other similar activity to a group of individuals indoors provided that the presenter or performer maintains six feet of distance while not wearing a mask
    • Obtaining a service that requires temporary removal of the covering such as a dentist appointment
    • When attending a religious service, seated, and maintaining social distancing of at least six feet of distance between other individuals while not wearing a Face Mask
    • When at any business where there are ten or fewer people present at said business, provided that six feet of distance is maintained 

What are the penalties of not wearing a face covering?

  • Any person who shall violate the provisions of this Order shall, upon conviction, be punished as provided in Section 100.220 of the City Code, however any fine assessed shall not exceed $100.00. Please see full Order for more details. 
  • Any person who owns manages, operates, or otherwise controls a place at which wearing Face Coverings is required by this Order and does not comply or require compliance with the provisions of this Order shall, upon conviction, be punished as provided in Section 100.220 of the City Code, however any fine assessed shall not exceed $100.00. Please see full Order for more details. 
  • Each day on which a violation of this Order occurs shall be considered a separate and distinct violation. 
  • Violations of this Order are hereby declared to be a public nuisance. Please see full Order for more details. 

Enforcement of Order:

The Mayor hereby specifically encourages that enforcement of this Order should be administered by education and an opportunity for voluntary compliance, followed by a warning, and then a civil citation after warning.