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City offices reopen, facemasks required

McMinnville government offices reopened to the public Thursday. Facemasks are required by employees and visitors. 

“We have implemented several measures to ensure the safety of the public as well as the employees, including face coverings,” said city administrator Nolan Ming. “Face coverings based on CDC guidelines are required to be worn on city property for all city government employees, contractors, and visitors, as recommended by the CDC.”

CDC recommendations on who should wear a mask:

• People, including children older than 2, who are not fully vaccinated

• Fully vaccinated people with weakened immune systems

• To maximize protection from the delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, fully vaccinated people should wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission. 

Any exemptions to the safety measures must be approved by the city’s Human Resource office. 

“We will continue to monitor updates from the CDC and state health officials and will adjust our response plans and operations accordingly,” said Ming. “Thank you for your patience.” 

In August, city attorney Tim Pirtle offered his opinion before the Board of Mayor and Aldermen that city officials did not have the authority to mandate that patrons wear facemasks when visiting city-owned government buildings. 

However, the city has opted to follow CDC’s recommendations.