Door County Board says no to masking mandate

The Door County Board will not have the administration draft an ordinance mandating masks be worn. The board reached the consensus after meeting for over two hours Friday morning discussing what following the lead of other Wisconsin municipalities like Dane County and Village of Shorewood in suburban Milwaukee would mean in terms of implementation and enforcement. Corporation Counsel Grant Thomas outlined the legal ramifications such a mandate could bring. Door County Public Health Manager Sue Powers also gave an update on the current positive case surge going on across the state, which was over 750 on Thursday. Supervisor Vinni Chomeau said an ordinance could be a helpful tool for businesses to support the safety of their employees, though more time is needed.

Supervisor Todd Thayse believes it is bad political business to pass an ordinance that you do not plan on enforcing.

County Administrator Ken Pabich and other board members suggested other ways to improve their messaging to encourage masking without necessarily mandating it.

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