For the most up to date information please check with the official state web site of Wisconsin.
Do I have to wear a mask? Governor Evers issued Emergency Order #1 on July 30, 2020, requiring face coverings indoors and in enclosed spaces, with some exceptions.
Governor Evers of Wisconsin issued the state’s mask mandate which went into effect on the 1st of August 2020. The mandate provides guidelines for using masks and face coverings in the state. Also, the order does make exceptions for certain groups of people.
In Wisconsin, you have to wear a face mask whenever you’re with other people indoors or in an ‘enclosed space’, other than your own home. Unlike some other states, you still have to wear a mask indoors in Wisconsin even if you’re able to maintain social distance with other people. The Wisconsin mask mandate uses the word ‘enclosed space’ to mean any confined space where members of the public might get together. So, for example, a rideshare car and public transportation are examples of enclosed spaces. However, the mandate does not consider your vehicle an enclosed space, since it’s not open to the public.
The term ‘enclosed space’ also applies to outdoor bars and restaurants, stadiums, public transportation, and even boats that are accessible to the public. Workers in Wisconsin must also wear masks at their place of business and in their offices. That is unless of course, they are eligible for any exceptions to the Wisconsin mask mandate.
The Wisconsin mask mandate discourages people from using N95 respirators or medical-grade masks and face coverings. That’s because healthcare professionals need those kinds of covers which are already in low supply. Instead, you can follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines on what counts as an effective face mask or covering.
If you fail to follow the Wisconsin mask mandate, you may be subject to a civil forfeiture of no more than $200.
There are some exceptions to the Wisconsin mask mandate. Firstly, children below the age of two don’t have to wear masks. The same is true for anyone with medical conditions or disabilities that make wearing a mask too tricky for them. You’re allowed to take your mask off temporarily while eating or drinking at a restaurant. The same is true for if you’re receiving a service that needs access to your face, like when you’re getting a haircut. People who are communicating with those who are hard of hearing and need to see their mouths can also take off their mask.
Lastly, incarcerated people do not need to follow the Wisconsin mask mandate. However, they’ll need to follow the rules and regulations of their institution when it comes to the issue of face coverings.
You can read the full Emergency Order #1 here.