Governor Evers Extends Wisconsin Mask Mandate

September 28, 2020

Dunno how you guys feel, but I feel like 2020 has been a lot like Groundhog Day. The movie. Without Bill Murray cracking jokes. Lest you think next week was going to be a little different, at least on the mask front, I am here to tell you (though I am sure you have already heard, probably a few times, yesterday… the day before…) that Governor Evers extended the mask mandate in Wisconsin.

The mandate was set to expire today, September 28th. Citing the surge in cases, Governor Evers extended it another 60 days. It is already facing challenges in court, so that might change.

For now, though, it remains in place, which means that everyone over the age of five is required to wear a mask indoors except when at home. The CDC has some recommendations for businesses to help encourage following the mandate:

  • If possible, give away masks.
  • Have signs on the doors and lots of visual cues, verbal announcements if possible
  • Train employees on mask policies and procedures.
  • Assign the “right” person to communicate the policy to patrons
  • Have a plan in place for non-compliant patrons

Private companies do have the right to turn customers away for not complying, much as consumers have the right to choose who they patronize. Businesses may also establish requirements that are more stringent than the state’s guidelines if they so choose. Also, your local municipality might have requirements that are stricter than the state’s, and you must follow the more restrictive guidelines, whichever those may be.

Got questions? The State of Wisconsin has published answers to many frequently asked questions. Not finding what you need there? Give me a call! I am here to help, and I will be tomorrow, and the day after that… Seriously, if we are going to be trapped in a Bill Murray movie, can it be Caddyshack? I could go for a round of golf, and that dancing gopher is adorable.

As always, I will keep you updated on any new developments on Facebook and Instagram, so be sure to check those for up-to-the minute news on this and any other small business news.

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