Selectboard Adopts Face Covering Rule

At it's meeting of January 6, 2022, the Jericho Selectboard adopted a Face Covering Rule for all public indoor places in Jericho.

View the Signed Rule

Masking Flyer for download

The Rule is based on the new temporary state law, Act 1, which relates to temporary municipal rules in response to Covid-19. Act 1 allows Selectboards to adopt a temporary rule that requires individuals within a town to wear face coverings while indoors at locations that are open to the public. The Rule passed by the Jericho Selectboard goes into effect immediately and covers all businesses, including houses of worship, but does exempt the following:

  • Children under 2 years
  • A person with a disability who cannot wear a face covering or cannot safely wear a face covering for reasons related to the disability
  • A person for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to workplace health, safety, or job duty as determined by the workplace risk assessment
  • Any person while eating or drinking inside any establishment that serves food or beverage

The Rule Reads as Follows:

Section 1. Authority.

This Rule is adopted by the Selectboard of the Town of Jericho under authority of Act 1, an act relating to temporary municipal rules in response to COVID-19 (2021).

Section 2. Purpose.

The purpose of this Rule is to require all individuals to wear face coverings while indoors at locations that are open to the public in order to prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and protect the public health and safety of the Town of Jericho.

Section 3. Requirement to Wear Face Coverings.

All individuals in the Town of Jericho shall wear face coverings while indoors at locations that are open to the public.

Section 4. Exceptions.

Face coverings are not required for:

  • Children under 2 years
  • A person with a disability who cannot wear a face covering or cannot safely wear a face covering for reasons related to the disability
  • A person for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to workplace health, safety, or job duty as determined by the workplace risk assessment
  • Any person while eating or drinking inside any establishment that serves food or beverage

Section 5. Other Laws.

This Rule is in addition to all other ordinances and rules of the Town of Jericho and all applicable laws of the State of Vermont. All ordinances, rules, or parts of ordinances, rules, resolutions, regulations, or other documents inconsistent with the provisions of this Rule are hereby repealed to the extent of such inconsistency.

Section 6. Severability.

If any section or provision of this Rule is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, such finding shall not invalidate any other part of this Rule.

Section 7. Effective Period.

This Rule shall take effect immediately upon the approval by the Selectboard and shall remain in effect for a period not to exceed 45 days following its initial adoption.

Thereafter, the Selectboard shall meet to reconsider this Rule, at which meeting the Selectboard shall vote either to rescind this Rule or to extend it for an additional 30-day period. The filing of a petition under 24 V.S.A. §§ 1972 and 1973, shall not govern the taking effect of this Rule.

ADOPTED by the Selectboard of the Town of Jericho of at its meeting On this 6th day of January, 2022.


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