Mobile home parks, school masks

July 11, 2021

County council halts mobile home parks

Chesterfield County Council unanimously passed an emergency ordinance “declaring a temporary moratorium on the acceptance of applications and issuance of permits for the establishment of mobile home parks within the unincorporated areas of Chesterfield County after an executive session at last Wednesday’s meeting. This ordinance is effective July 7 and will remain in effect for 60 days.

Council is “currently in the process of a comprehensive review of various ordinances, procedures and the like, related to land use and housing and finds that a moratorium on the establishment of (mobile home) parks within the unincorporated areas of the County to permit the evaluation and updating of the Mobile Home Park Ordinance is necessary for the protection and betterment of the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Chesterfield County.”

Face masks no longer required in schools

Effective immediately, public school districts statewide may not require their students and employees to wear face masks on school property and school buses. Beginning in March 2020, face masks, including neck gaiters and balaclavas, were required in K-12 public schools as a personal protective measure against the spread of COVID-19.

In a July 6 memorandum from State Superintendent Molly Spearman to all district superintendents, the applicable proviso from the adopted 2021-22 Appropriations Bill was cited.

“No school district, or any of its schools, may use any funds appropriated or authorized pursuant to this act to require that its students and/or employees wear a face mask at any of its education facilities. This prohibition extends to the announcement or enforcement of any such policy.”

 

 

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