Opinions of those commenting on the Springfield News-Sun Facebook page were mixed.
Some residents said masks are not necessary.
"I won't and will not wear a mask," Miranda Stewart said.
"We are responsible to take care of ourselves, not government. We all know how… it has been drummed into us," Linda Heater said.
"Insane. Stop the panic," Tyler Banion said. "No way I take my business to Springfield moving forward."
Other residents were hopeful that the city would encourage face coverings.
"I wish they would… not near enough people are wearing them, particularly in the age groups currently spreading it," John T. Folden said.
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Face coverings are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a way to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and to help prevent those who may unknowingly have the virus from transmitting it to others.
Patty Boggs-Fulkerson, another resident said, "Unless you are looking for an excuse to not wear a mask, you KNOW it has zero to do with your rights being violated, it has zero to do with being politically correct, it has EVERYTHING to do with being conscious of the fact that there is a GLOBAL PANDEMIC raging through this country and that the best, most effective weapons available to us are wearing a mask, social distancing, hand washing, and staying home unless you HAVE to go out."
City officials stated by passing the resolution it shows that the City of Springfield affirms and fully supports safety measures used to prevent the spread of the virus that are highlighted by the CDC.