A pedestrian waits to cross Northwestern Avenue at State Street on Monday, July 13, 2020 in West Lafayette. Staff photo by Nikos Frazier
A pedestrian waits to cross Northwestern Avenue at State Street on Monday, July 13, 2020 in West Lafayette. Staff photo by Nikos Frazier
WEST LAFAYETTE — Facial masks became mandatory in West Lafayette on Monday.

Mayor John Dennis signed an emergency order tied to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, requiring people who are in public on the West Side to wear a mask inside businesses, including groceries, restaurants, pharmacies and hotels when not inside one's room, to name a few of the specific examples cited in the order.

In short, anytime people are outside of their homes and cannot maintain a social distance of six feet from another person, they should wear a mask, Dennis said.

"It's when you cannot keep social distancing," Dennis said. "That is a rule of thumb set by the health department, and it's been applied across the country."

Coronvirus is not going to go away without a change of behavior, Dennis said. Social distancing and wearing a mask are two key behaviors that can overcome the virus, he said.
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