Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard is urging the city’s residents and employees to wear face coverings when in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
He is also requesting that frontline employees be tested for the disease, as asymptomatic carriers can spread COVID-19 without knowing they have it.
“I am strongly urging the public to wear face masks or face coverings of some type when they are out away from their homes,” Brainard stated in a press release. “State law does not give mayors the authority to order all to wear face coverings during this crisis.”
Most face coverings won’t completely eliminate the possibility of being exposed to COVID-19, but they are believed to reduce the risk of contracting or spreading it.
In addition to wearing face coverings, physical distancing and hand washing are recommended to stop the spread of COVID-19.