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Full text of the town’s facemask ordinance

To help clear up any confusion, here is the full text of the facemask ordinance passed by the Town Council Wednesday evening. In order to get to the most pertinent information, skip the Whereas introduction:
ADOPTED June 24, 2020 MASKS
WHEREAS, on January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization designated the coronavirus, COVID-19, outbreak as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern;
WHEREAS, on January 31, 2020, the Rhode Island Department of Health established an Incident Command System response to COVID-19;
WHEREAS, on January 31, 2020, the United States Health and Human Services Secretary declared a public health emergency for the entire United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19;
WHEREAS, Governor Gina M. Raimondo issued Executive Order 20-02 declaring a disaster emergency due to the outbreak of COVID-19, and additional executive orders in response to the emergency;
WHEREAS, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of COVID-19 to be a Pandemic;
WHEREAS, on March 11, 2020, the President of the United States addressed the nation about the threat posed by the outbreak of COVID-19 and announced a restriction on international air

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