New ordinance passed by the Borough of Narberth requires people to wear masks in the business district, parks and any borough-owned property, imposes a $15 fee for anyone spotted not wearing one, write Katie Katro and Corey Davis for 6abc.
Several exceptions are allowed, including for health reasons and for children up to 2-years-old.
Residents of the small borough with a population of around 4,300 have been reacting both with strong approval and disapproval of this new ordinance. Narberth resident Charles Hutton wrote to each council member earlier in the week voicing his concern over the fine.
“While I feel masks are necessary, I feel it’s an undue burden on the residents and the police department to be enforcing it with fines like that,” said Hutton.
However Narberth Mayor Andrea Deutsch emphasized that in this case, prevention is of crucial importance.
“I’d rather go a little bit overboard than under board and get people sick,” said Deutsch.
The borough council plans to iron out some gray areas where social distancing is already implemented at the next meeting.
Read more about the ordinance at 6abc by clicking here.
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