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Eau Claire City Council, County Board to consider local mask mandate

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EAU CLAIRE (WQOW)- The City of Eau Claire and Eau Claire County are considering a local mask mandate, which would only go into effect if the current state-wide mandate is not extended.

Both the Eau Claire County Committee on Administration and City-County board of health voted in a joint meeting Tuesday to recommend the ordinance to the city council and county board, who will both take up the ordinance individually.

City-County Health Director Lieske Giese said this ordinance would be almost identical to the current state-level mandate, which is set to expire on January 19. There would be a $200 fine for violating the ordinance, which Giese said mirrors language in the state mandate. She said the only other change in the proposed ordinance is that businesses would be required to display signs stating face coverings are required.

If enacted, the proposed ordinance would be in effect until June 30, unless repealed earlier through city council or county board action.

Jess Langlois

Jess Langlois is the weekend meteorologist and weekday multi-media journalist for News 18. She joined us in July of 2019.

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