ONEONTA, NY – Following an outbreak of coronavirus at SUNY Oneonta, City of Oneonta officials are looking at what they can do to help stop the spread of the virus.
At Tuesday’s common council meeting, proposed legislation for a local mask ordinance was brought up for discussion.
The proposed ordinance is very similar to that of the New York Health Department’s requirement that a mask must be worn when social distancing is not possible.
Council members differed in opinion on how broad of an ordinance the mandate would be.
Some wanted it to apply just to Main Street, while others wanted it to include a larger portion of the city.
5th Ward Councilman Len Carson questioned the necessity of Oneonta enacting their own mask mandate.
“We already have an executive order in place that clearly defines that if you can’t maintain your 6-foot social distance, that you’re supposed to put a mask on. So it seems like an overreach on our part. If this passes, who’s going to enforce and how are they going to enforce it? Are there going to be people taking pictures, or are police officers going to have to physically see people not wearing a mask.”
No vote was taken on the proposal that will be considered at the next common council meeting.