Effective July 15, 2020, the City of Milwaukee will require any person 3 years and older who is present in the City of Milwaukee to wear a protective mask covering the nose and mouth for the duration of the ‘Moving Milwaukee Forwards” Health and Safety Orders.
Persons are to have possession of a face covering when the person leaves home or other place of residence and shall wear the face covering whenever the person is in a building open to the public, including: any structure or premises licensed by the City of Milwaukee or used in whole or in part as a place of resort, assemblage, lodging, trade, traffic, occupancy, or other use by the public. Persons are also required to wear a face covering whenever the person is in an outdoor public space and within 6 feet of any other person who is not a member of the person’s family or household.
Exceptions for face coverings will be made under the following circumstances:
- Persons who fall into CDC’s guidance for those who should not wear face coverings due to a medical condition, mental health condition, developmental disability, or for whom no other accommodation can be offered under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Persons who have upper-respiratory chronic conditions, silent or invisible disabilities, or are communicating with an individual who is deaf or hard of hearing and communication cannot be achieved through other means.
- Persons in settings where it is not practical or feasible to wear face coverings when obtaining or rendering goods or services to the extent necessary to obtain or render such goods or services, including but not limited to the: receipt of dental services, medical treatments, or consuming food or beverages.
- Whenever federal, state, or local law otherwise prohibit wearing a face mask or where it is necessary to evaluate or verify an individual’s identity.
- Persons whose religious beliefs prevent them from wearing a face covering.
- Persons present in government facilities closed to the public, institutions of higher education, public and private K through 12 schools, and childcare or youth facilities that have a mitigation strategy approved by the commissioner of health.
Milwaukee’s Health Department is responsible for enforcement of the ordinance. The owner or operator of any building open to the public shall ensure all persons present in his or her building open to the public comply with wearing a face covering. The owner or operator of any building open to the public has the right to refuse entry or service to any person for failure to comply with wearing a face covering. Any owner or operator of a building open to the public that permits a person to violate the order in their building will be subject to a forfeiture of not less than $50 or more than $500. The Commissioner of Health and the City Attorney have authority to revoke a license or order closure of a building open to the public for failing to require persons present to abide by the face covering ordinance.
As the ordinance allows for removal of a face covering where it is necessary to evaluate or verify an individual’s identity, banks in the City of Milwaukee can require customers remove their masks for identification purposes. Customers who are not comfortable complying with the bank’s request may utilized the bank’s drive-thru facilities or on-line and other electronic banking services.
By, Eric Skrum