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Mask mandates would clear up confusion

Scott Robert Shaw

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If you are out in public in Winona, you need to wear a mask. Same with Madison and Milwaukee. All of Minnesota now has a mask mandate. Neither the city or county of La Crosse are making it mandatory to wear masks while in public buildings, but doing so may help alleviate some confusion. Retail establishments have been left to make their own decisions about whether their customers need to mask up before entering their premises. And we’ve all seen the unfortunate reactions of some who have a meltdown when they try to enter without a mask. Some local communities may be avoiding a mask mandate, waiting for on order to come from the county. But so far, unlike other counties, La Crosse has been unwilling to impose any restrictions, such as lower occupancy rates, distancing requirements or mask mandates. That has created a sea of confusion for customers, who have to remember to bring a mask when they go to Menards but not when they go to Home Depot. Businesses are clamoring for some guidance from the government, but in La Crosse, they have not gotten that yet. Such decisions shouldn’t have to be made by individual businesses. The rules should be the same whether you are in Holmen or La Crosse, or what store you shop in. Instead, we have a patchwork of different rules in place, even as coronavirus cases continue to rise, and even though most surveys show overwhelming support for requiring masks in public places.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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    Paula Bantle

    July 30, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    Great article. I haveG been emailing the county for weeks but Jen would not budge. We could have avoided the compass going back to red and kids would have been able to go to school and activities. Very disappointing. My biggest concern now is college students coming back. Who is going to police them off campus. Another greater concern is who is going to be responsible for the testing and tracing. We can’t even keep up with testing now without the National Guard. What will happen to testing when they hit town. Testing results need to be 24-48 without affecting the compass. That won’t happen with 15,000 students, age 20-29, coming into town, going to bars, campus parties. We will never get out of the red. Also Jen said their is no plan in place for all these students coming In on how they are going to follow COVID guidelines. What have the universities been doing all summer.

    This would be a good article for the near future. Not a lot of things are very clear when it comes to when kids go to school and when they don,t throughout the year.

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