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Wausau Public Health and Safety Committee passes mask mandate, still needs council approval

Published: Nov. 2, 2020 at 6:37 PM CST
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - The city of Wausau moved one step closer to a citywide mask resolution Monday.

In a three to two vote, the Wausau Public Health and Safety Committee passed the mask mandate, sending it to the full council for a vote in its next meeting. The resolution is not an ordinance, so police would not enforce it if passed.

“So they took the least invasive of the two measures they decided to take the lesser measure first to gauge its effectiveness. Hopefully, it would not tax on the dispatch center or the police resources as well,” Public Health and Safety chair Lisa Rasmussen said.

There was a protest before the meeting was held. The protesters are asking that no rulings are passed because they don’t believe masks work.

“We would argue that since the mask mandate has been put in place by Governor Evers in the state of Wisconsin, the cases have risen. That means that the masks aren’t working,” Protest Organizer Meg Ellepfson explained.

The committee members said that in their districts, many people have expressed support for the resolution. They hope if the full council passes the resolution as well, people will comply.

“None of us wanted to be in this situation so hopefully we can make this step and that the community would come together behind this effort and knock down the virus numbers. That’s what we have to do,” Rasmussen added.

The Common Council is expected to vote on the resolution on November 10.

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