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Our summers are short and we are a community that values the outdoors. So, if you’re going to be outside, whether engaged in leisure activity like picnicking or in an exercise like bike riding, masks aren’t required, but encouraged.
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If you’re in a taxi, ride-share service vehicle or using any form of public transportation, you and the driver will wear masks for the duration of the ride.
People in a restaurant, coffee shop, bar and the like, must wear a mask as they wait for their table. Once at the table, people may take off the mask and consume their food and drinks freely. If the restaurant patron gets up from the table, then that person should put their mask back on.
The goal of the ordinance is for persons in Green Bay to wear a mask inside public places. Business owners, managers and employees make the decision about whether or not to involve the police.
Also, the person you see may have a medical condition which prevents them from wearing a mask, but you wouldn’t know that. We need to be kind and supportive neighbors in this very difficult and challenging time. The best way to be supportive and kind is to leave the enforcement of the ordinance to the police and the management.
Police officers aren’t looking for people without masks. They will respond to calls from employees, managers, or owners.
Police officers will first educate people about the importance of wearing a mask, and the need to comply with the ordinance. Then, as always, they will use their discretion when they interact with the public. Officers will take information, and decide what consequences may follow.
There are consequences, if the police determine a person has violated the mask ordinance. The person may receive a municipal forfeiture of $10 plus court costs. If the person engages in other unlawful conduct, then more serious consequences may follow.
If you’ve rented a place where the public usually has access, but can also be rented for a private event, then your guests should follow the same rules as restaurants:
If your private event is happening in a space that is only open when rented by a group or an individual, then it’s not a public space, and guests don’t need to wear a mask.