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Spiking cases and a lack of compliance

Scott Robert Shaw

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The recommendations have not changed. Stay home if you are sick, social distance, stay away from large crowds, wash your hands, avoid touching your face and wear a mask in public. But it seems we aren’t doing that good of a job of following the recommendations.  A sweep of more than 160 bars in restaurants in Minnesota found nearly half were out of compliance with covid safety regulations. Most were minor violations, involving workers or customers not wearing masks. In Wisconsin, Governor Evers’ mask mandate is scheduled to expire at the end of this month. Evers hasn’t said whether the mandate will be extended, but with coronavirus cases still spiking, it seems a safe bet. Although that hasn’t stopped one conservative organization from suing the Governor over his order. That case is still making its way through the court system. Wearing a mask is a small step that everyone can take to try to reduce the transmission of the virus. Sure, it can be easy to forget to bring your mask wherever you go, and they aren’t necessarily comfortable. But if issuing a mask mandate on June 30 was a good idea, when case numbers were much smaller than today, then it makes sense to keep that order in place. And despite the lack of compliance at some bars and restaurants, it makes sense to continue to wear a mask in public, regardless of what mandate is in place.

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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