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DECATUR, Ind. (WFFT) — Those in Adams County will be under a strict facemask mandate as the county has experienced a spike in COVID-19 cases recently.
Adams County Health Officer Dr. Michael Ainsworth announced Tuesday that those within the county will be required to wear a mask at all times, with some exceptions.
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The order will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 19.
The mask mandate will require "every individual over the age of two (2) years must properly wear a face covering over their nose and mouth..."
This included when individuals are at:
- An indoor area open to the public, including public transportation;
- An outdoor public area where a distance of 6 feet from individuals outside of their household cannot be maintained;
- A private indoor or outdoor area where a distance of 6 feet from individuals outside of their household cannot be maintained.
As of Tuesday, Adams County has a weekly positivity rate of 22.8%.
The order states that every business and employer within the county must take steps to ensure that everyone walking into these locations complies with the order.
Every business within the county will be required to post a copy of the attached "NOTICE" at every entry and follow all Executive Ordered issued by Gov. Eric Holcomb as well as any other local orders in place.
You can view the full order and a list of exceptions in the gallery above.