22 July 2020 04:43

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The city council is taking up a proposed emergency order from Mayor Eric Genrich. People would have to wear masks in any building that's open to the public. The City of Oshkosh is urging people to wear masks. She also wants people to respect anyone wearing a mask. (NBC 26)--On Monday, Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich announced plans for a city-wide face covering requirement.

It would require people to wear a face covering in indoor public spaces. If the ordinance passes the city council Tuesday, it will be enforced in the city of Green Bay beginning July 27. As for enforcing the face covering requirement, Mayor Genrich said it will be handled like a trespassing violation. He said a number of retailers have publicly stated they already put a mask requirement in place or have plans to do so soon. This is how, the mayor said, the city-wide requirement would be handled, as well.

There are some exceptions to those who would be required to wear a mask in any indoor public setting, including children under 5-years-old and those with medical conditions. The mayor also said businesses would have to know the ordinance and ask people to abide by it. Green Bay Police Chief Andrew Smith said if the ordinance passes, the police department will enforce it. The only time police will get involved is if there's somebody that maybe has been asked to put a mask on and refuses to leave, in which case, we'll have a trespass," added Chief Smith. He said right now, if a business reports someone is not complying with the business's rules and wants that person to leave, police would ask the person to leave, and educate the individual on the laws, in this case, what the mask ordinance is.

He said that the goal is to get voluntary compliance, adding that they don't want to see anyone get cited or see any business's license revoked. Mayor Genrich said there won't be "mask police." Chief Smith said officers will respond if called, but they won't be driving through the city looking for people entering businesses without a mask. He added he thinks most people will abide by the ordinance, if it does pass. He also said they will be taking people at their word if they say they cannot wear a mask for medical reasons. The mask requirement will be voted on by the city council on Tuesday.

(SPECTRUM NEWS) — People could be required to wear face coverings indoors in Green Bay if a measure in front of the city council passes Tuesday. Mayor Eric Genrich announced Monday he's bringing a proposed ordinance to the council requiring face coverings indoors. "We want our economy going back strong, but in order to do that we really need to bring the fight to the coronavirus," Genrich said at a press conference Monday. Under the proposal, people would be required to wear coverings in indoor public places. Chris Woleski, chief executive officer of Bellin Health, said wearing a mask is about protecting the entire community. Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich unveils face mask proposal; City Council to take it up Tuesday GREEN BAY - Green Bay residents would be required to wear face coverings inside all public buildings under a measure introduced Monday by Mayor Eric Genrich. Joined at a press conference by local health officials, a business owner and City Council member, Genrich said the mandate is necessary as cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, continue to climb in Brown County and throughout Wisconsin. The City Council will either approve or reject it during a meeting Tuesday, one week after a committee failed to take action on a potential mask requirement. Genrich's announcement comes as other municipalities and counties, driven by concerns over a recent surge in COVID-19 cases, enact their own mask requirements for public spaces. Under the Green Bay proposal, residents would be required to wear face coverings inside buildings accessible to the public or when using public transportation, but wouldn't have to wear them outside. People wouldn't be required to wear a mask while exercising in a gym or eating and drinking. Children younger than 5 and people who can't wear masks because of medical or mental health conditions would be exempt from the mandate. RELATED: A Green Bay committee failed to take action on a face mask requirement. RELATED: Here are the stores that require a face covering A group of nearly 20 people opposed to a mandate gathered Monday outside City Hall, holding signs that said "Show me the science" and "Where's our freedom to choose?" Green Bay resident Shari Reif said she can't wear a mask because of post-traumatic stress disorder and worries people like her will be harassed for not wearing one. Bellin Health CEO Chris Woleske said masks are a "simple sacrifice" people can make to contain the virus that has infected over 3,500 people in Brown County and killed 46. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says masks can reduce the virus' spread, though some people can't wear them due to health problems, mental health conditions or disabilities. The measure would be treated as more of an educational tool, Genrich said, and business owners can report any problems to police like they would a trespassing violation. "There aren't going to be mask police," Genrich said. Residents can contact Genrich's office for free masks, he said, and he plans to work with the Volunteer Center of Brown County to find ways to provide masks to people who can't afford them. He said he'll rescind the city's requirement if the county approves one. Council member Randy Scannell, who has advocated for a Green Bay mandate, contends masks have become too political and said people who believe it violates their individual rights are making a "morally bankrupt argument." "You do not have the right to threaten and risk other people's health," he said.