Community reacts to mask mandate

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A STATEWIDE MASK-MANDTATE ISSUED BY GOVERNOR EVERS WENT INTO EFFECT TODAY – REQUIRING ANYONE FIVE YEARS OR OLDER TO WEAR A MASK WHEN INSIDE AN ENCLOSED SPACE.

FIRST NEWS AT NINE’S DENTON POSTLEWAIT HAS MORE ON HOW PEOPLE IN EAU CLAIRE ARE REACTING TO THE DECISION.

Today is definitely going to be the telling day…

OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS – A FACE MASK IS SOMETHING THAT HAS BECOME AN ESSENTIAL ITEM FOR MANY – ALMOST AS IMPORTANT AS THEIR KEYS AND WALLET.

NOW – IT IS REQUIRED FOR ANYONE FIVE YEAR OR OLDER WHEN INSIDE OF A BUILDING.

It seems even more easy for us to point to what the state is doing at some level. It’s easier and takes the pressure off of us to make the decision.

I think it’s been more difficult not having the mandate because having people pop in and question is this a mask establishment, is this a non-mask establishment, I think that just puts a lot more confusion, especially on a small business like this.

FAIRCLOUGH SAYS REVIVAL WANTED TO SEE HOW CUSTOMERS WOULD REACT TO THE MANDATE – BUT SO FAR – THEY HAVEN’T HAD ANY ISSUES.

We started up yesterday, a day early, just to kind of dip our toes as it where to see what kind of fight and struggle we’d be up against today.

WISCONSIN IS THE 32ND STATE TO ISSUE A MASK MANDATE – WHICH RUNS FROM AUGUST 1ST – THROUGH SEPTEMBER 28TH.

MANY IN EAU CLAIRE SAY THEY ARE IN FAVOR OF IT.

It’s likely much safer than not wearing a mask. My life is much longer than two months. I can wait.

 I think it is a no brainier and a really small effort everyone can do that just makes sense. People, for the most part, are really respectful and it’s been great.

VIOLATING THE MANDATE CARRIES A $200 FINE – BUT MANY LOCAL LAW ENFORMENT AGENCIES HAVE SAID THEY WILL NOT BE ENFORCING IT.

WHILE THE MANDATE HAS ONLY BEEN IN EFFECT FOR ONE DAY – THOSE WE SPOKE WITH SAY THINGS ARE STILL GOING SMOOTHLY.

 Whether it is businesses that I’m going into or our own business, there’s been a heightened awareness and it’s just become a little bit of a new normal and just not that big of deal in my opinion.

I’m hoping it doesn’t turn people away. I’m hoping this is something that can bring the community together.

IN EAU CLAIRE – DENTON POSTLEWAIT – FIRST NEWS AT NINE…

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