Wisconsin Mask Mandate Stands… For Now

January 29, 2021

Did you have a big number in the How Many Times Can Lindsey Write About Masks pool? Because your chances of winning are getting higher! Can’t declare a winner yet because I suspect there will be more. So, here goes with hopefully one of the last ones.

Yesterday the Wisconsin State Assembly cancelled their vote to overturn Governor Evers’ statewide mask mandate. Expect more challenges going forward as lawmakers in Wisconsin have been vocal about striking this down by any means necessary.

I was all set to tell you what the removal of the mandate meant for you as a business owner, but, since that didn’t happen, here is a quick refresher on what the current mandate means for you.

First, if you haven’t yet, you should check with your local municipality and see what is in place. If your local municipality has regulations in place that are stricter than the statewide mandate, you will need to follow those.

Second, if your municipality does not have any regulations in place and you still would like to set stricter guidelines, as a private business you still can do so. It is recommended that you place clear signage at entryways. If you are a business that takes appointments or reservations, it is also a good idea to remind patrons at the time that you confirm those. Likewise if you are going to mandate your employees adhere to stricter guidelines, you will want to communicate this to them in the form of an official policy.

If you would like a refresher on how to encourage patrons to wear masks, I talked about that a few months ago when the statewide mandate was extended. Need help with any of this? I am here if you need it, whether it be helping you draft your policy or helping you determine what rules apply to your business. Give me a call or send an email. Be well and stay safe, my friends.

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