If you are in public buildings in Jackson County, you must wear a mask, especially if you cannot maintain social distancing.

The supervisors put a mask mandate in place effective today.

County attorney Sara Davenport said the county's resolution is more strict that mandates announced by Gov. Kim Reynolds Monday night.

Everyone shall wear a face covering when:

In public and unable to stay 6 feet from others

In any indoor public setting (think grocery store, pharmacy, retail store, etc.)

Outside if you cannot maintain 6 feet of separation

Using public transportation or private car service

Exemptions to the mask mandate include:

Traveling in personal vehicle 

When you're alone or with others from your household only

When eating or drinking at a food or bar

Obtaining services the require removal of the face covering

If federal or state law prohibits wearing the face covering

Note: There is no penalty for not wearing a face covering as mandates, but "it is in the best interest of the health and safety of the people of Jackson County," according to the resolution.