Eau Claire City Council & County Board schedule special sessions to review face covering requirement

Eau Claire city and county-wide mask mandates remain in effect despite new guidelines for face...
Eau Claire city and county-wide mask mandates remain in effect despite new guidelines for face coverings from the federal government.(Eric Gay | AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Updated: May. 14, 2021 at 11:24 AM CDT
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - The Eau Claire City Council and the Eau Claire County Board have called special sessions for Tuesday, May 18 to review the city’s and the county’s current face covering requirements. The mask mandate for the city and the county is currently set to expire at the end of June.

Public discussion will be conducted, followed by votes by the city council and county board.

To listen to the city council special session, click here. The City of Eau Claire says the access code is 187 599 6788.

To listen to the Eau Claire County Board special session, click here.

On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a new set of guidelines that removed indoor mask recommendations for fully-vaccinated individuals in most settings. However, the CDC noted that local health officials, government, and institutions would determine the best course of action for their jurisdictions.

Friday evening, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services said fully vaccinated people can resume activities without masks. Click HERE to read the full statement.

“This new guidance for fully vaccinated people is an exciting step forward. The science is clear: if you are fully vaccinated, you are protected, and you can start doing the things that you stopped doing because of the pandemic. For vaccinated people, this means returning to the Wisconsin way of life we all enjoy,” said said DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake.

With these guidance updates, there are important exceptions where everyone, including those who are fully vaccinated, should continue to wear a mask. Mask wearing should continue in health care settings, K-12 schools, correctional and detention facilities, homeless shelters, and public transportation as well as places where masks are required by local or tribal health laws, rules, and regulations, including local businesses and workplaces.

Eau Claire’s city mask mandate ordinance carries a $200 penalty and automatically expires if no action is taken before its end date of June 30. The same terms apply to the county-wide mandate, which only applies to areas in Eau Claire Co. that do not have their own health departments.

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