RACINE– As COVID-19 cases continue to increase, the Racine Common Council voted 8-7 on Tuesday night, July 21 in favor of imposing a city-wide mask required after lengthy dispute done virtually due to the pandemic. This, as Wisconsin set a single-day record, with more than 1,100 new positive cases reported Tuesday.
The regulation as it was proposed for the vote would need masks to be worn everywhere inside– except your house– and everywhere outdoors where social distancing is not possible. There are exceptions, like when eating or drinking in dining establishments or bars.
“The best mitigator we have at this time is masking,” said Alderman John Tate II.
“We're going too far,” stated Alderman Henry Perez. “We're going too far mandating it.”
“It's not a huge deal to use a mask,” said Alderwoman Mary Land.
It goes into result Monday, July 27, with people and services potentially facing fines if found to be in violation, however the hope is to restrict that through education, as the ultimate objective is slowing the spread of COVID-19, saving lives and potentially, dialing back other restrictions.” This draws,”stated Alderman Jason Meekma. “This totally sucks, and it is not a simple thing for us to decide about on any action of the way, and if you follow the path we've been on, we've been trying to do the best that we might with what we have.”
Some alders argued issuing a mask regulation will have a harmful effect on companies, and questioned how police will correctly implement it and concern citations. Others pointed to customers making conscious choices on where to spend their dollars– in places they feel safe.
“If you mandate this, I think it's eliminating from individuals's individual responsibilities,” said Alderman Perez.
“This is not simply a good public law to keep people safe,” said Alderman Trevor Jung. “It's an excellent public policy to make certain that individuals seem like they can invest their money in this neighborhood.”
It is set to end at the end of 2020. Nevertheless, the council is set to evaluate the regulation in October.
, who proposed the action, stated it is the very best alternative Racine needs to secure itself. Racine Mayor Cory Mason “Masks look like a much easier method to avoid the spread of coronavirus by getting ahead of it, then needing to think about are we gon na have to close parts of the economy back down? That's not where we want to go, but we need to keep people safe,” Mason said. Mason hopes that masks can assist consist of the virus and prevent another financial shutdown in the meantime.
“We've definitely seen in other jurisdictions that have done this, it's helped turn the tide on reducing the spread of the coronavirus,” stated Mason. “That's where we wish to get to.”