County Shortens List of Acceptable Masks For Bus Riders, Zoo Patrons and Courthouse Visitors
There are new restrictions on what kind of masks are allowed within county facilities.
As COVID-19’s spread continues to worsen, Milwaukee County is revising its mask order for all county-owned facilities making the requirements stricter by reducing the number of different face coverings people can wear. The requirements apply to everything from Milwaukee County Transit System buses to the Milwaukee County Zoo.
During a media briefing Thursday, County Executive David Crowley said the new order is based upon recent mask guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC issued new guidelines for mask wearing on public transportation and in transportation hubs. And the change also brings the county in line with the state’s latest mask order, he said.
The following are allowed: FDA-approved face masks, non-medical grade procedural masks, disposable paper masks or washable face masks with two or more layers of breathable fabric.
The following are not allowed: Scarves, bandanas, neck gaiters, face shields, masks with valves or vents and masks with inappropriate images or writing.
Also, given the “potential lethal threat of the COVID-19 virus,” Crowley said, and “the extensive research that shows a universal mask policy is protective of human health during this global pandemic,” the religious exemptions from mask wearing have been removed from this latest mask order.
There are exemptions from the new face mask order that cover children two years old or younger, anyone who has difficulty breathing, anyone with a disability that makes it difficult to wear a face mask, anyone that has been advised not to wear a mask by a medical professional for health reasons, anyone that primarily relies on lip-reading and anyone who is incapacitated.
No one trying to use a county facility will be turned away because they do not have a proper mask, Crowley said, noting that all county facilities have masks available to the public.
All Milwaukee County buses have a mask dispenser that can hold 200 surgical masks. The transit system is distributing approximately 7,000 masks a week, Dan Boehm, Milwaukee County Transit System managing director recently told the county board.
Buses also still have capacity restrictions in place, limiting each bus to no more than 15 passengers.
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