MANITOU SPRINGS — The City of Manitou Springs announced Monday that an Emergency Order requiring face coverings is now in effect.
According to a release from the city, the order mandates the use of a face covering while outdoors when individuals who don't live together can't maintain 6 feet of distance between each other. The order also mandates the use of a face covering in all businesses, given certain exceptions.
Exceptions to the order include, "person(s) under the age of 10, person(s) who cannot medically tolerate a face covering, and person(s) who are exercising alone or with individuals from their household."
The city said violators of the order will be "handled by Code Enforcement." The statement went on to say, "Disturbances resulting from disputes over the Emergency Order will be handled by the Manitou Springs Police Department. Individuals contacted for the disturbance may face a fine of $25 for their first offense a fine of $50 for their second, and is subject to an arrest for trespass for failure to leave the business. Business owners have the right and responsibility of requesting anyone in violation of the order to leave their establishment."
The city has also created an online form and dedicated phone line for people to submit complaints about businesses not following the order.
The form and number can be found here: https://bit.ly/30yHqo3
Find the full order here: https://bit.ly/39hHqfS
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