No matter what, you still to have to wear a mask in Dane Co.

Published: Feb. 4, 2021 at 2:13 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 4, 2021 at 3:58 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - As Gov. Tony Evers and Republicans battle over the mask mandate on a statewide level, the result of that debate won’t change the rules in Dane Co.

Face coverings will still be required in the county, even if Evers’ emergency order falls. That’s because Dane Co. remains under a local order, issued by the county’s health department.

Public Health Madison and Dane Co. tweeted a reminder to that fact, following the legislature’s announcement the Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Maj. Leader Devin LeMahieu would sign the resolution Friday ending the order and Evers move to re-instate his executive and emergency orders.

Shortly after the Assembly voted Thursday, Dane Co. Executive Joe Parisi condemned the repeal effort, pointing out that the bitterly cold temperatures moving into Wisconsin this weekend would drive more people indoors.

“The legislature just made that more dangerous,” he said. “Today’s vote will sow confusion, perpetuate illness, and result in more needless suffering.”

Rock Co. also issued its own local level emergency order requiring face coverings. It too would remain in effect regardless if the statewide order survives.


The order, issued by Public Health Madison and Dane Co., requires nearly everyone ages five and older to wear a mask when they are:

  • Indoors with individuals who are not members of their household;
  • In line to enter an enclosed building;
  • Driving or riding in a vehicle with people not in their household;
  • Outdoors at a tavern.

The county order does list some exceptions, such as when people are eating or drinking, sleeping, swimming, communicating with someone hard of hearing, and in certain other cases (see the full list here).

Children under five years old; those who are unconscious or incapacitated; individuals with medical conditions, intellectual or developmental disabilities, mental health health conditions, or other sensory sensitivities that prevent wearing a covering.

The Dane Co. order is the same one that includes caps on mass gatherings as well as restrictions on businesses and schools.

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