City of Wausau mulls mask mandate

Published: Oct. 30, 2020 at 7:54 AM CDT|Updated: Nov. 2, 2020 at 7:58 AM CST
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - The city of Wausau Public Health and Safety Committee will consider a citywide mask mandate at its next meeting to stop the spread of COVID-19. The topic will be discussed Monday at 5:15 p.m. at City Hall.

Good morning, Wausau. On Monday, the city's Public Health and Safety Committee will discuss the concept of a citywide...

Posted by Mayor Katie Rosenberg on Friday, October 30, 2020

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The mandate would impact many in the public. For some local businesses, a mask mandate would be welcomed.

“Just by what customers have said to us, more times than us we were thanked when we asked people to wear them,” owner of The Local store in Wausau Alison Magnuson said.

Safety against COVID-19 means that doors will get to stay open for a critical time of year.

“To keep our brick and mortar doors open and continue to help all of these makers, we need to have customers coming inside. Especially getting close to our holiday season,” Magnuson added.

Even people who visit Wausau from other places feel that a mask mandate would make the area feel safer.

“Yes I think people would feel safer, people would feel safer to visit the state from the surrounding states absolutely,” Minnesota resident Jane Ruva explained.

The city is hoping to do all they can to slow down the local surges in COVID-19.

“I don’t want any more of my neighbors getting sick, so if this is what it means, this is what it means,” Mayor Katie Rosenberg said.

The grassroots organization Get Involved Wisconsin says they’ll hold a peaceful protest outside City Hall on Monday at 4:30pm to demonstrate their opposition.

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