MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee County has issued a mandatory face mask policy for all county facilities.
Any employee, vendor, contractor, or general public member that enters a county facility with a controlled entrance point is required to wear a face mask under the new policy.
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Facilities without a controlled entrance, like the airport, parks, or beer gardens, do not require face masks but they are highly recommended. This includes Milwaukee County buses as well.
“As we continue to deliver critical County services during this unprecedented time, we must do everything in our power to protect the health and safety of both our employees and the public,” said Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley.
The policy comes as the City of Milwaukee and the rest of the state continue to reopen businesses and restaurants. In addition to the face masks, the county is also urging residents to maintain social distancing and be smart when going out and about.
“Wearing a face mask protects you and those around you. We know that you can transmit COVID-19 even without any infectious symptoms,” said Dr. Ben Weston, Director of Medical Services, Office of Emergency Management. “Because Milwaukee County is an area of significant community-spread transmission, it is a necessary precaution to wear a face mask when at county grounds and facilities.”
Acceptable face masks include homemade cloth masks, scarves, bandannas, or disposable face masks like non-medical grade paper or procedure masks.