Beverly Shores Town
Council President Geoff Benson declared a local disaster public emergency
under Indiana Code, and ordered the mandatory wearing of masks under
He did so after
deadline on Friday afternoon. The order will remain in effect through 11:59
p.m. Tuesday, July 21, unless rescinded or extended.
The “Face Covering
must properly wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when they are
at any of the following locations, with any person who is not a member of
the individual’s immediate household:
“(1) An indoor area
open to the public.
"(2) An outdoor
public area where a distance of six feet from individuals who are not
members of the household cannot be maintained.
“(3) A private
indoor or outdoor area where a distance of six feet from individuals who are
not members of their household cannot be maintained.
supervise use of face coverings by children aged 3 to 12 to avoid misuse. A
properly worn face covering is one that fully covers the individual’s mouth
and nose, fits snugly against the sides of the face with no gaps, is secured
(i.e. straps, ear loops) to prevent slipping, and allows for breathing
without restriction. All face coverings, which are not disposed of after
each use, should be washed each day it is used and made completely dry
before the next use.”
The mandate does
have several exceptions:
-- Children aged 2
-- Those with a
physical disability which prevents the easy wearing or removal of a mask.
-- Deaf persons who
need to remove face coverings in order to use facial and mouth movements as
part of their communication.
-- Persons advised
by medical professionals not to wear a mask for health-related reasons.
-- A person ordered
to remove a mask by law enforcement.
-- Persons whose
religious beliefs prevent their wearing a mask.
-- A restaurant or
bar patron eating or drinking.
Under the order,
all employers in Beverly Shores must amend their COVID-19 confined
operations plan to require all employees and visitors to wear face
Benson did add this
proviso: "Actions that contradict this order do not create grounds for
residents or law enforcement to stop, detain, issue a citation, arrest,
intimidate, or harass individuals who do not comply with this order. This
order should be used to educate, encourage, and persuade individuals to wear