Masks required in Wisconsin

FLORENCE, Wis. — The Florence County Health Department, in coordination with the district attorney and sheriff’s offices, is sending a letter to local area businesses to encourage voluntary compliance with Gov. Tony Evers’ order requiring face coverings, said Annette Seibold, department director.

“Because people can spread COVID-19 without symptoms or even knowing they are ill, we all need to do our part by wearing face coverings when appropriate” said Elise Sloden, the health department’s COVID-19 planner. “We must also avoid harassing or threatening people who wear face coverings, and show patience and compassion for those who are unable to wear a face covering safely.”

Complaints regarding businesses not complying with the governor’s orders can be directed to the health department at 920-545-0042. Complaints regarding specific individuals should be sent to the Florence County District Attorney’s office at 715-528-3362.

“A growing number of scientific studies tell us that face coverings, when used correctly and consistently by a large percentage of the community, are extremely effective for preventing the spread of COVID-19 through respiratory droplets,” said said Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Wisconsin’s chief medical officer.


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