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Superior community weighs in on Gov. Evers emergency face mask order

Updated: July 31, 2020 06:19 PM

Starting Saturday Aug 1. Gov. Tony Evers emergency order requiring face mask use goes into effect. This means Wisconsin residents will be required to wear a face mask when they are indoors.

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Not too long ago Superior passed a resolution that's similar. Mayor Jim Paine said he's glad the governor is taking the pandemic seriously with this step.

"Every level of government is recommending this and so I think it's a very reasonable response to a severe crisis," said Paine.

Paine said he believes Evers' order is a "well-founded recommendation" and is something health experts said is necessary.

Superior's mask resolution went into effect on July 27 and requires masks be worn in most indoor public places, including public transportation.

"We're just asking people to put on a mask. That's what our resolution requires. That's what the governor's order requires and if people just take it seriously we shouldn't have too many problems," said Paine.

Paine said community members have been complying well so far. As of Friday, Douglas County has 119 COVID-19 positive cases. 101 have recovered.

"A rule at any level of government requires voluntary compliance, and so we are counting on the public to just follow the rule," said Paine.

The emergency order requires people in Wisconsin ages five and older to wear a face mask when they are indoors with anyone from outside their household.

Community members enjoying the nice day at Barker's Island Friday afternoon said they should have the right to decide whether they want to wear a mask or not. Others said the new order is beneficial to stop the spread.

"I have a very annoying beard as well and I'm like yes this is annoying but just like with any nuisance or endurance challenge in a way you just get used to it," said John Cano.

"I believe out of respect for other people it's my duty or my obligation to take care of myself and then to also look out for other people," said Sharon Biezuns.

The order has exceptions when someone is eating, drinking, or swimming. Also for those who have certain health conditions and disabilities.

Details on the order can be found here.

FAQ's can be found here.

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