Stop the Bellefonte Borough Ordinance 09082020-01 COVID-19 Emergency

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Stop the Bellefonte Borough Ordinance 09082020-01 COVID-19 Emergency

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Jeff Puhala started this petition to Residents and vistors of the Borough of Bellefonte

The Borough of Bellefonte is considering Ordinance 09082020-01 COVID-19 Emergency (https://tinyurl.com/y63bnolo) for adoption on September 8, 2020. The ordinance includes a host of fines for individuals not adhering to additional masking requirements in the borough including wearing a mask outside. The ordinance is troublesome because it requires masking within the borough that supersedes state recommendations. Currently, there is no clinical proof that COVID-19 is spreading in the borough such as curbside pickup, drive-thru, food truck purchases, deliveries, taking outdoor walks, etc, as stated in the ordinance. Most troublesome is Section 3, A1. that requires a person to provide medical documentation that they cannot wear a mask or risk being fined. Such requirements are a potential violation of HIPPA laws. Section 3 B 1-4 also sets the stage for questionable recommendations stating that it may be advisable to wear a mask in a personal vehicle or within your own household. Since there is no evidence that Bellefonte Borough is experiencing additional problems with the spread of COVID-19 this ordinance is unnecessary when coupled with the state guidelines that are already in force. As such, we, the undersigned request that the Borough of Bellefonte stop consideration of this ordinance immediately and continue to support the guidelines already in place by the State of Pennsylvania and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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