We have recommended, we have encouraged, and we have pleaded, but it's just not working. Cases of COVID-19 are surging in Waukesha county. Face coverings are a simple and effective means of reducing community spread of the coronavirus. Research cited by Dr John Raymond, president and CEO of the Medical College of Wisconsin, shows wearing a face mask decreases the risk of contracting the coronavirus from 17.4% to 3.1%.
We implore our county executive and county board of supervisors to do what is right for the health and safety of our community. Please enact an order, rule, or regulation requiring a person over the age of 4 to wear a mask or face covering whenever that person is inside a building open to the public and when a person is outdoors but within six feet of another person who is not a member of their immediate household. Exceptions for health and safety as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control should apply. Enforcement of such a rule should not fall on law enforcement but should be the responsibility of businesses and the County Health Department as modeled by the City of Milwaukee. We ask the County to enact a free mask distribution program for those unable to afford one.