UPDATE: Kane Board Passes Resolution Requiring Facial Coverings in All County-Operated Offices

UPDATE: Kane Board Passes Resolution Requiring Facial Coverings in All County-Operated Offices

  • Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to reflect the action taken at the Monday (Dec. 21, 2020) Kane County board special meeting.

The Kane County Board voted at a special meeting Monday morning to pass a resolution requiring facial coverings and social distancing in all county-owned offices.

Resolution No. 20-493 requires all Kane County employees or visitors to wear masks and maintain 6 feet of social distancing “in any building or office owned or occupied by the County of Kane.”

The chairman of the Kane County Board issued a Public Health Emergency Declaration on March 17 pursuant to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act, 20 ILCS 3305/11, but the county had made no resolution regarding the wearing of masks inside public buildings.

While the resolution stipulates that employees and visitors wear masks while inside buildings, there are some exceptions, which include but are not limited to the following:

To county workers who do not have interaction with members of the public and where those persons’ workstations are more than 6 feet from the workstation of another, anyone under age 2, anyone who is unable to remove a mask without assistance or with sensory, cognitive, or behavioral issues that interfere with their ability to properly wear or tolerate a mask.

The resolution stays in effect until the state of Illinois is no longer under any disaster proclamation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The original draft of the resolution as presented in the agenda packet appears below.

RESOLUTION: NO. 20 – 493

REQUIRING FACIAL COVERINGS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING IN COUNTY OFFICES AND BUILDINGS DURING CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

WHEREAS, COVID-19 is a novel severe acute respiratory illness in humans that can spread among people through the air by respiratory or aerosol transmissions such as coughing, talking, and sneezing; and

WHEREAS, COVID-19 presents a risk of severe illness, including possible death, for certain populations of higher risk individuals, including older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease; and

WHEREAS, on March 9, 2020, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a disaster proclamation regarding the outbreak of COVID-19 in Illinois. Since that time, Gov. JB Pritzker has issued Executive Orders extending the declaration of disaster and implementing various “stay at home” and other orders designed to slow the spread of COVID-19 and prevent the healthcare system from strain; and

WHEREAS, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the spread of COVID-19 as a pandemic; and

WHEREAS, in response to the pandemic, on March 17, 2020, the Chairman of the Kane County Board issued a Public Health Emergency Declaration pursuant to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act, 20 ILCS 3305/11, and on March 24, 2020, the Kane County Board affirmed and extended that declaration by way of Resolution 20-103; and

WHEREAS, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) and the Illinois Department of Public Health have recommended that people age 2 and older should wear masks in public settings and when around people from outside their household, as their use reduces the spray of respiratory droplets when worn over the nose and mouth; and

WHEREAS, face coverings are a component of mitigation efforts to prevent the spread of

COVID-19 as recommended by the CDC and all people should follow CDC recommendations for how to wear and take off a mask. The CDC also recommends that individuals maintain proper hand-washing hygiene, maintain a social distance of six feet from others, avoid touching one’s nose or face, and washing cloth masks regularly.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Kane County Board that every person working, visiting, or doing business in any building or office owned or occupied by the County of Kane, shall maintain social distancing and wear a face covering for the duration of their time spent within that building or office, and while outdoors on the property of such building or office.

“Face Covering” shall mean a uniform piece of material that securely covers a person’s nose and mouth and remains affixed in place without the use of one’s hands, whether store-bought or homemade, concurrent with CDC guidelines.

“Social Distancing” shall mean keeping space between yourself and other people by staying at least 6 feet (about two arms’ length) from other people; and

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the following are exceptions to the resolution:

a. Persons working in in a building or office owned or operated by the County of Kane where those persons do not have interaction with members of the public and where those persons’ workstations are more than six feet from the workstation of another;

b. Persons under the age of two years;

c. Anyone who has trouble breathing; anyone who is unable to remove a mask without assistance; or anyone with sensory, cognitive, or behavioral issues that interfere with their ability to properly wear or tolerate a mask. Reasonable accommodations will be made for those individuals with a disability that prevents them from wearing or tolerating a mask;

d. Persons while eating or drinking;

e. Public safety, fire and other life safety and health care personnel, as their personal protective equipment requirements will be governed by their respective agencies; and

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that until such a time as the State of Illinois is no longer under any disaster proclamation due to the COVID-19 pandemic this resolution shall remain in effect and is necessary to reduce community transmission of COVID-19 and protect the health of workers, residents, and visitors of the County of Kane; and

NOW THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution be construed as an update to the Kane County Personnel Handbook until such a time as the State of Illinois is no longer under any disaster proclamation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Passed by the Kane County Board on Dec. 21, 2020.

SOURCE: Kane County Board agenda packet

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