TIFTON — Tifton City Council unanimously approved a resolution requiring masks in all city-owned or leased buildings.
Tifton Mayor Julie Smith said during the called meeting Friday the resolution is not a city-wide mask mandate. It only applies to city-owned or leased spaces, such as City Hall, the police department, the senior center or the community development office.
The resolution states all city employees and members of the public are required to wear masks that cover the nose and mouth while in public areas of city buildings and when participating in face-to-face meetings in public or non-public areas of city buildings if a distance of six feet cannot be maintained.
Employees will not have to wear masks if they are in non-public spaces, such as an office, or around other employees as long as a six foot distance is maintained.
The resolution states the city will attempt providing masks for members of the public who are coming into city buildings to conduct business and do not have a mask.
City employees will take “reasonable steps” to provide in-person services to members of the public who are unable to wear a mask because they are physically unable, they have trouble breathing or are accompanied by children too young to safely wear a mask, according to the resolution.
Residents are encouraged to utilize contact-free payment options if possible. Residents can make payments online at www.tifton.net, by mail, or at the drive-through and drop-box at City Hall.