The City Council of Englewood approved a motion to direct the City Manager, J. Shawn Lewis, to issue an Emergency Order on July 6 which went into effect on July 9.

The Emergency Order outlines a face-covering mandate for all members of the public 6 years of age or older. Face covers, or masks, must be worn outside of their home or place of residence.

Failure or refusal to wear masks during the COVID-19 pandemic in Englewood can carry a heft penalty.  Englewood's Police Department and all code enforcement officials have been authorized and directed to enforce the orders of the Emergency Order as of July 10, 2020, at 8 a.m.

The first offense for failing to wear a mask is $15, the second offense is $25. However, the maximum penalty for person(s) violating the Emergency Order could face up to a $2,650 fine, imprisonment for up to 360 days, or both.

The Emergency Order will remain in effect until rescinded by the City Council or the City Manager of Englewood.

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