Newport to require face coverings on city’s busiest streets

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The Newport City Council has passed a resolution that requires pedestrians to wear face coverings on the city’s busiest streets for a large portion of the day to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The resolution passed 6-1 on Tuesday night will be imposed through an executive order from City Manager Joseph J. Nicholson Jr., and take effect Friday.

The Newport Daily News reports that pedestrians will be required to wear a face covering from noon until 10 p.m. daily, with some exceptions.

First-time offenders will be told of the requirement and given a mask, but subsequent offenses could lead to a $100 fine.

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