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Venice's city council voted on Tuesday to enact a mask ordinance to help prevent the spread of Covid-19, requiring masks to be worn within the city in cases when social distancing cannot be enforced. The ordinance passed 4-3, with Venice's Mayor Ron Feinsod and council members Rich Cautero, Helen Moore and Mitzie Fiedler in favor of it.

The council says the intent of the ordinance is to educate the public and seek voluntary compliance; however, as a last resort, violators will be charged with non-criminal infractions, which carry penalties of up to $500. Exceptions are in place for people who are observing social distancing, children under six years of age, those exercising, people whose compliance would be detrimental to their health, safety or welfare. The ordinance will remain in effect for 30 days, unless extended or repealed prior to its expiration date. It can be read in its entirety here.

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