St. Joseph Co. Council Overturns Commissioners' Mask Fine Veto

Apr 23, 2021

A St. Joseph County measure that allows the health department to fine businesses for failing to enforce mask-wearing will officially stay in place until May 27. 

That’s after the County Council voted to override the Board of Commissioners’ veto on the measure Friday morning.

 

The fines only affect businesses, not individuals, and can only be levied for improper masking among employees, customers.

 

South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce President Jeff Rea said the local businesses community will continue to enforce masking, regardless of the ordinance’s status.

 

“Businesses very much want to keep their employees safe, especially until those employees have a chance to get fully vaccinated," Rea said. 

 

The fine ordinance will now stay in place until the health department’s mask order expires at the end of May. 

 

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