Claremont council to vote on mask ordinance amid COVID outbreak among city employees

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Claremont council to vote on mask ordinance
The Claremont City Council is expected to vote on a proposal to fine people who do not wear masks in public.

CLAREMONT, Calif. (KABC) -- The city of Claremont is reporting a COVID-19 outbreak among city employees.

According to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, two police officers, two dispatchers and a records clerk have tested positive for the virus.

Employees who were potentially exposed were quarantined and tested.

The city said a sixth employee, a police officer, had tested positive earlier this summer.

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Claremont City hall remains closed to the public because of the outbreak.

Meanwhile, the Claremont City Council on Tuesday is expected to vote on whether to start fining people for not wearing face masks in public.

According to the city, there's been a surge in people not complying in busy areas like the Downtown Village.

The proposed ordinance would issue fines of $100 for a first offense, $200 for a second, and $500 for a third offense or more.