County Drops Mask Rules for Courthouse, Buses
Low COVID risk designation prompts change, "high risk" settings still require masks.
On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention downgraded Milwaukee to a “low” level of community risk for COVID-19. This is based on the number of new cases, hospital admissions and healthcare capacity to deal with the disease. A statement from County Executive David Crowley said that the decision was made in consultation with public health officials to change a number of the masking requirements for county employees, volunteers and visitors to public facilities.
Notably, masks will not be required in the courthouse for the first time since the start of the pandemic. On MCTS buses, masks are being downgraded from required to encouraged. In April, the transit system announced that masks would no longer be required as a result of a federal court ruling, only to abruptly revert back to requiring them explaining that after careful consideration the system opted to keep masks, noting “Some of the most vulnerable, high-risk residents rely on our buses to travel throughout the County each day.” Enforcement of the mask mandate has been virtually nonexistent in recent weeks.
Mask requirements at Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport and on airplanes ended following the April federal court ruling, but the county continues to encourage masking at the facility.
The City of Milwaukee instituted two mask mandates that applied to all public spaces, including private businesses. The latest expired in March, and since that time the city has opted to strongly encourage masking when it was at medium or high community risk for COVID-19.
A complete list of masking requirements for county facilities can be found on Urban Milwaukee.
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