08/05/2020- Even if a statewide mandate to wear face coverings in public isn’t being enforced by local officers, some Marinette County Supervisors are hopeful it will encourage more people to engage in the activity to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The Public Services Committee was set to take up consideration a county-wide mask mandate or advisory until Governor Tony Evers announced his Executive Order. Instead, the Committee Tuesday discussed whether they should keep the option for a local order on the table in the event the situation changes at the state level. District 14 Supervisor Tom Buelteman says he’s a big proponent of masking and says the county should at least be thinking about a contingency plan.
Both the Marinette County Sheriff’s Office and City of Marinette Police Department have said they won’t go seeking out individuals who aren’t wearing masks in public, but will respond to complaints from businesses if a customer refuses to put on a mask after being directed to. The Public Services Committee agreed they will host a special meeting to discuss local alternatives if the statewide order is overturned or conditions otherwise warrant.