Face Coverings FAQs
- Why do we have a mask ordinance?
- What is a mask?
- Do face shields count as masks?
- Who has to wear a mask?
- What’s a public place?
- Where do I need to wear a mask?
- When will the mask ordinance end?
- Who doesn’t have to wear a mask?
- What happens if I have a medical condition, mental health condition or disability that prevents me from wearing a mask? Do I need to show proof?
- Can I donate masks?
- I’m going for a bike ride, a picnic, or a run outside in a public place. Do I need a mask?
- What happens in a ride share, taxi or public transit?
- How can I eat in a restaurant or coffee shop with a mask on?
- I saw someone without a mask in a grocery store. Should I call the police?
- Will the police arrest me if I don’t have a mask on?
- I’m having a private party in a rented public space. Do my guests need to wear masks?
- I’m a business owner or a manager, what do I do if I have a customer without a mask on?
- What if a customer says, “I have a medical condition, and I can’t wear a mask.”
- What if the customer refuses to put on a mask or refuses to leave?
- What happens to the customer after the police arrive?
- I have an office, where I don’t receive any customers, do my employees have to wear a mask while they’re working?
- Do I need to supply my employees with masks?
- I’m a business owner and I don’t want to comply with the mask mandate. What’s going to happen to me?
- What are some best practices to help my business during this time?
Emergency Order #15
On March 27, 2020, Governor Evers and DHS Secretary-Designee Palm issued Emergency Order #15 banning evictions and foreclosures for 60 days. This order runs through May 26, 2020. As part of the order, landlords may not serve notice terminating a tenancy for not paying rent or for any other reason, unless the notice is accompanied by an affidavit establishing reasonable belief, and the basis for that belief, that failure to commence eviction proceedings will result in an imminent threat of serious physical harm to another person.
Note that this does NOT exclude the tenant from still being responsible for paying rent, and once the ban expires, landlords may proceed as normal.
View the DATCP Landlord Tenant COVID-19 FAQs website.
View the Resource Guide for Renters and Landlords in Brown County document.
- Emergency Order #15 prohibits landlords from serving a notice (5 day, 14 day, or 30 day) commencing a civil action of eviction or delivering a writ of restitution to the Sheriff for any reason, including failure to pay rent, for 60 days starting March 27th, unless accompanied by an affidavit alleging the imminent threat of serious physical harm to another person.
- The Emergency Order does not affect any residential lease terms other than those relating to the eviction process
- Provision 11 in the Emergency Order states the tenant must still pay rent
- Does not affect the operation of allowing a landlord to evict a tenant if the tenant hold over after the expiration of a lease
- No eviction will be granted unless the landlord has an affidavit that a reasonable belief that the failure to proceed would result in an imminent threat of serious physical harm to another person.
- Sheriffs are prohibited from acting on these types of eviction orders without such an affidavit.
- Under Emergency Order 28 section 3, landlords are only allowed to inspect for emergency maintenance.