On August 12, 2020, Lebanon City Council adopted Emergency Ordinance 2020-11 requiring that persons wear face masks as further outlined below.
The purpose of this ordinance is to reduce the risk of the spread of the COVID-19 virus; reduce the potential shutdown of the local economy and the negative impacts associated with such a shutdown; and potentially reduce the need for hospitalization and the number of fatalities. This ordinance shall continue in effect until rescinded by the action of the Council.
Face Mask FAQs
To better help residents and visitors understand our new mask ordinance, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions. To learn more, please review our "Face Mask FAQs" page.
The City encourages businesses and organizations to print the following signage for use at their locations.
Face Mask Regulations
- Employees of all businesses shall wear a face covering over their mouth and nose when interacting with the public and whenever they are within six feet of a customer or any co-worker who is not a member of the same household.
- Members of the public entering or queued to enter; remaining in or exiting from, any business, governmental or non-profit owned premises including without limitation any outdoor area where business of any sort is conducted, worksite, workplace, or government building, must wear a face covering, such as a fabric mask, scarf, or bandana over their nose and mouth. This requirement shall also apply to persons traveling on public transportation such as Advance Transit buses. Policies regarding face coverings in governmental buildings within the geographical boundaries of the City of Lebanon adopted by the governmental entity having jurisdiction over such buildings are hereby recognized by this ordinance and shall control in such buildings. Property owners shall have the authority to regulate the requirement to wear masks by any person, while on the premises of their property, by allowing persons to temporarily remove their masks while remaining on the premises when it is practical or becomes necessary to do so based upon the requirements of the services provided.
- Members of the public entering or queued to enter; remaining in or exiting from a restaurant or an establishment serving alcoholic beverages for the purpose of picking up food for take-out or any other purpose must wear a face covering over their mouth and nose. Members of the public dining indoors or outdoors at a restaurant may remove face-covering while seated at their table. Members of the public must wear a mask when entering, using, or leaving the restroom of a restaurant.
- Residents, visitors, and members of the public entering or present at a residential or commercial building complex of greater than two (2) units must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth while in common areas and communal spaces when social distancing of at least six feet from non-household members is not practiced.
- Members of the public utilizing the Mascoma Greenway, the Northern Rail Trail, sidewalks and other pedestrian public ways, or public recreational lands, are strongly encouraged but not required to wear a face-covering to the fullest extent practicable and especially when there is a high likelihood of coming into contact with others and social distancing of at least six feet may not be possible.
- As used herein “face covering” means a covering made of cloth, fabric, or other soft or permeable material, without holes or exhalation air valves, that covers the nose, mouth, and surrounding areas of the lower face. A face covering may be factory-made or homemade and improvised from ordinary household materials.
- Notwithstanding the above, this order does not require children under 10 years of age to wear face-covering (parents should make their own judgment). Face covering is not recommended for children less than 2 years of age.
- A face covering is also not required to be worn by any person if said person can show a medical professional has advised that wearing a face-covering may pose a risk to said person for health-related reasons.
- Any person who violates this ordinance shall be subject to a fine for the first offense in the amount of $100, for a second offense or subsequent offense the fine shall be $250.
- A person may temporarily remove their mask when in a business if obtaining a service or product that requires verification of the person’s identity or age.