Dane County issues mandatory face mask order starting Monday

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MADISON, Wis. — Starting on Monday, Dane County residents will be required to wear a face covering or mask when inside any enclosed building beyond their homes.

Public Health Madison and Dane County announced the Emergency Order on Tuesday. It requires anyone over the age of 5 to wear the coverings.

“Public health research now shows  that face coverings are critical to slowing the spread of COVID-19. Given the current number of COVID-19 infections in our county, we need to all be wearing face coverings every time we leave the house,” said Janel Heinrich, Director of Public Health Madison & Dane County.

The mask must cover a person’s nose and mouth when in public. This includes all businesses, health care settings, waiting in line and on public transportation.

The order also requires individuals to wear face coverings when in someone else’s home.

Exceptions will be made for certain activities, like dining out.