Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard is strongly urging residents to wear face coverings while in public.
State law doesn't give mayors the authority to order all to wear face coverings, but Brainard says "it’s important to take every precaution to stop the spread of COVID-19, especially as we pass into what many are predicting is the worst time for Indiana."
Brainard requests those out shopping for necessary items at essential businesses like groceries, hardware stores, pharmacies, restaurants and others interacting with the public wear face coverings. In addition, Brainard says, businesses should request that food and product delivery persons, private shelf-stockers and mail/package carriers wear masks while in those essential businesses.
Physical distancing and hand washing are still recommended precautions even when a face covering is worn. Staying at home, washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, physical distancing of 6 feet or more, wearing gloves and covering one’s face are all ways to help slow the spread of this deadly virus traveling the globe.
Brainard also urges employers to request all frontline employees wear face masks and be tested for the COVID-19 virus.