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Racine County buildings now require face masks, but no countywide ordinance

Racine County buildings now require face masks, but no countywide ordinance

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While the county does not have a mask ordinance in effect, an administrative order was announced Thursday morning requiring people to wear masks to enter Racine County facilities.

The order was signed into effect by Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave, cited guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention along with other heath authorities for entities to "take precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19, including social distancing and the use of face coverings or masks in public settings."

This order extends a memorandum made by Delagrave on May 20 requiring County employees and contractors to use face masks or coverings while in County facilities and work spaces. The new order asserts that "the use of face coverings may prevent the spread of COVID-19" and that "individuals in need of critical in-person services (e.g., therapy sessions, job center, etc.) at County facilities may otherwise not avail themselves of those services absent a face covering directive."

The order recommends people bring their own face covering or mask, but those who do not may obtain a disposable mask at the public entrance, while supplies last. If someone were to decline or refuse to wear a face covering, they will not be permitted to enter the facility and may contact the agency or office they intend to visit to "explore the alternatives to entering the facility," according to the order.

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