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Viroqua City Council votes to continue asking the public to mask up in city buildings

Viroqua City Council votes to continue asking the public to mask up in city buildings

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The Viroqua City Council voted to continue asking the public to wear masks in city buildings at its regular virtual meeting, Tuesday, April 27.

Mayor Karen Mischel said the coronavirus pandemic is every-changing, mask mandates change, and the public is changing in some ways too, with people getting vaccinated.

“You passed a resolution in November in support of the state mask mandate,” Mischel said. “What do you expect people to do?”

The Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned the state masking order March 31.

Mischel said the public library has all staff and patrons wear masks, the public makes appointments to do in-person business at City Hall and dispatchers at the police department wear masks when dealing with the public.

Alderperson Ben Wilson asked what happens if a person doesn’t wear a mask; are the police called.

Mischel said the best course of action is to diffuse. She asked Police Chief Rick Niedfeldt if there have been any calls, and he said there haven’t been any calls in regard to masks in city buildings.

City Hall staff, Mischel said, don’t wear masks when they are at their desks, but do wear them when moving around in the building.

City Administrator Nate Torres said all City Hall staff is working in the building, clerks are spread out throughout the building and he’s in his own office. He added Public Works Director Sarah Grainger mostly works remotely.

Torres said appointments need to be made to come into City Hall due to space reasons. “You can’t maintain six feet (of distance).” He said they “still take flack” because City Hall is closed.

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Angie Cina is editor of the Vernon County Times. Contact her at 608-637-5616.

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