Governor’s Mask Mandate

Emergency Order #1

The Governor has issued Emergency Order #1, known as the Mask Mandate which shall enter into effect at 12:01 AM on Saturday, August 1, 2020. This Order shall expire on September 28, 2020, or by a subsequent superseding emergency order.

It is important to know that there are exceptions to this Order. In addition, the Face Coverings FAQs provide insight.


  1. Individuals who are otherwise required to wear a face covering may remove the face covering in the following situations:
    1. While eating or drinking.
    2. When communicating with an individual who is deaf or hard of hearing and communication cannot be achieved through other means.
    3. While obtaining a service that requires the temporary removal of the face covering, such as dental services.
    4. While sleeping.
    5. While swimming or on duty as a lifeguard.
    6. 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.
    7. When engaging in work where wearing a face covering would create a risk to the individual, as determined by government safety guidelines.
    8. When necessary to confirm the individual’s identity, including when entering a bank, credit union, or other financial institution.
    9. When federal or state law or regulations prohibit wearing a face covering.
  2. In accordance with CDC guidance, the following individuals are exempt from the face covering requirement in Section 2:
    1. Children between the ages of 2 and 5 are encouraged to wear a mask when physical distancing is not possible. The CDC does not recommend masks for children under the age of 2.
    2. Individuals who have trouble breathing.
    3. Individuals who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance.
    4. Individuals with medical conditions, intellectual or developmental disabilities, mental health conditions, or other sensory sensitivities that prevent the individual from wearing a face covering.
    5. Incarcerated individuals. The Wisconsin Department of Corrections shall continue to comply with COVID-19 protocols to ensure the health and safety of its staff and individuals in its care. Local governments are strongly encouraged to continue or create COVID-19 protocols to ensure the health and safety of their staff and individuals in their care.


This order is enforceable by civil forfeiture of not more than $200. Wis. Stat. § 323.28.


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