Appleton mayor issues mask proclamation
Appleton’s mayor urges residents to wear face coverings in public spaces
APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) - Appleton’s mayor issued proclamation Tuesday “urging residents to wear face coverings in public spaces when social distancing cannot be maintained.” The city says it is an important step to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
CLICK HERE to read the mayor’s proclamation. It includes the list of exemptions.
“The debate over mask mandates, enforcement, and penalties at the local level has distracted from the most important points on this issue,” said Mayor Jake Woodford. “Face coverings do make a difference and we have a responsibility to one another to wear them when we can and should, and that a coordinated statewide approach will serve all Wisconsinites better in the long run.”
The proclamation says a mask should cover the nose and mouth. It can include cloth coverings, surgical masks and face shields.
“We can assume that while the number of positive cases continues to rise, there are still more cases in Appleton, which have not been confirmed. Following guidelines from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and CDC will help slow the spread of the virus,” reads a news release.
A proclamation is not a mandate, meaning the city does not have a legal requirement to wear a mask in public. It serves as a strongly worded suggestion.
Green Bay’s mask mandate went into effect Monday. It requires people to wear masks in public places or face a possible fine.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people wear masks. The coronavirus is spread from person-to-person from respiratory droplets. Those droplets are produced when a person coughs, sneezes or talks, according to the CDC.
“We are not defenseless against COVID-19,” said CDC Director Dr. Robert R. Redfield. “Cloth face coverings are one of the most powerful weapons we have to slow and stop the spread of the virus – particularly when used universally within a community setting. All Americans have a responsibility to protect themselves, their families, and their communities.”
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