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.
- Individuals who are otherwise required to wear a face covering may remove the face covering in the following situations:
- 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.
- In accordance with CDC guidance, the following individuals are exempt from the face covering requirement in Section 2:
- 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.
- Individuals who have trouble breathing.
- Individuals who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance.
- Individuals with medical conditions, intellectual or developmental disabilities, mental health conditions, or other sensory sensitivities that prevent the individual from wearing a face covering.
- 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.Wisconsin-Mask-Mandate
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