Newport city council member proposes mandate to wear face coverings at all times on busy streets

NEWPORT, R.I. (WLNE) – A Newport city councilor is now pushing to expand the governor’s mask mandate, making it mandatory to cover your face at all times, even when you’re outside.

If passed the resolution could make it mandatory to wear a face covering at all times, if you’re on one of the busier streets in Newport, like America’s Cup Avenue, Thames Street or Broadway Street.

Most people in Newport understand and abide by Governor Gina Raimondo’s mask mandate.

But city councilwoman Susan Taylor wants to take that mandate one step further, requiring all pedestrians to wear masks at all times on certain streets.

Councilwoman Taylor said, “You can’t guarantee social distancing when walking in opposite directions. Our sidewalks just aren’t wide enough. And it’s not always possible to step out into the street.”

If passed the resolution would go into effect on Friday. Which means pedestrians on parts of Broadway and Thames Streets and on America’s Cup Avenue would need to wear masks.

Allison K of Newport said, “I would say that’s a step too far. I think its more important indoors or when you’re going to be in close contact with someone.”

The resolution will be discussed by city council Wednesday night and only needs majority vote to pass.

Then council also has other resolutions up for debate tomorrow, including one that would shut down certain roads, and allow people more room to social distance. Similar to a measure passed in Providence last month.

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