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Mask Mandate Extended to November 21

The Wisconsin mask mandate that went into effect on August 1, 2020, has been extended to November 21, 2020 per a new Emergency Order released by Gov. Evers. Information in the current Emergency Order is the same that was in the previous order.  The press release with links to the new Emergency Order can be found here.


Per the mandate, a face covering is required for individuals five and older, if the following apply:

  • The individual is indoors or in an enclosed space, other than at a private residence; and;
  • Another person or persons who are not members of individual’s household or living unit are present in the same room or enclosed space.


Face coverings are strongly recommended in all other settings, including outdoors when it is not possible to maintain physical distancing.


While at work, you’ll be required to wear a face covering unless you are in an a room by yourself, or your activity falls into one of the exception categories listed below.

Here are some exceptions to the mandate:

  • While eating or drinking.
  • When communicating with an individual who is deaf or hard of hearing and communication cannot be achieved through other means.
  • While obtaining a service that requires the temporary removal of the face covering, such as dental services.
  • While sleeping.
  • While swimming or on duty as a lifeguard.
  • While a single individual is giving a religious, political, media, educational, artistic, cultural, musical, or theatrical presentation for an audience, the single speaker may remove the face covering when actively speaking. While the face covering is removed, the speaker must remain at least 6 feet away from all other individuals at all times.
  • When engaging in work where wearing a face covering would create a risk to the individual, as determined by government safety guidelines.
  • When necessary to confirm the individual’s identity, including when entering a bank, credit union, or other financial institution.
  • When federal or state law or regulations prohibit wearing a face covering.



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