Cities consider requiring face masks as virus cases surge

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri city officials are grappling with how to respond
to increasing coronavirus cases when many residents are resistant to more
government restrictions. The Joplin City Council on Wednesday narrowly voted
down an ordinance that would have required masks to be worn in businesses and
public places. Opponents say a majority of Joplin residents are against the
ordinance, and it would be difficult to enforce. In Springfield, city council
members on Tuesday heard testimony and discussed requiring citizens to wear
masks while in public indoor spaces, but no official action was taken.

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