GLENDALE — The City of Glendale's Common Council has passed an ordinance requiring residents wear face masks while in public, indoor areas.
The Council passed the ordinance 4-2 during a meeting Monday evening.
The ordinance requires any resident four years or older to wear a face-covering whenever in an indoor public space in which social distancing of six feet or more between staff and family or groups of four or less is not possible or is not occurring.
There are some exceptions: those under four years of age; people who fall into the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidelines for those who should not wear face coverings due to a medical condition, mental health condition, developmental disability, or are otherwise covered under the Americans With Disabilities Act; people with an upper respiratory chronic condition or silent disabilities; and people in settings where it is not practicable or feasible to wear face coverings including when obtaining goods or services such as the receipt of dental services or medical treatment, according to the ordinance.
Violations of the order will be referred to the North Shore Health Department. If the health department is unable to resolve the matter, it will be in turn referred to the Glendale Police Department.
Glendale approved a mask mandate in July of 2020, and the State of Wisconsin approved a mask mandate one month later, which has been in effect ever since.
Glendale's current mask order overrules any rejection of the statewide mask mandate in the legislature, just as is the case in Milwaukee and other suburban communities with local mask requirements.
Mayor Bryan Kennedy says he will sign the mask order this week, and will go into effect immediately.