Eau Claire City Council repeals city-wide mask ordinance

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – A short while ago, the Eau Claire County Board voted 26 to 3 to repeal the mask ordinance. Earlier Tuesday evening, the Eau Claire City Council voted unanimously to repeal.

This follows news last week from the CDC announcing fully vaccinated Americans can ditch the mask in most circumstances.

With both bodies repealing the ordinance, this now means there is no official mask requirement in Eau Claire County.

While the decision was unanimous by the city council, Health Department Director Lieske Giese says masks are still a proven way to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

She expressed concern about a possible spike from variants.

“Repealing the face mask ordinance if it’s also not clearly named that there is an enormous risk with unvaccinated individuals and potential spread of disease, I think we’re not ready for that especially when half of our population is not vaccinated and people that can’t be vaccinated. Unvaccinated individuals wearing masks and vaccinated individuals wearing masks in certain settings is largely protective at this point,” said Giese.

Some city council members did voice concerns over the repeal, they would like to see the health department provide assistance to businesses and help them navigate the new guidelines.

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