Statewide Face Covering Requirement

On February 4, 2021, Governor Tony Evers issued Executive Order 105, declaring a public health emergency, and corresponding Emergency Order 1, regarding face coverings in certain situations for people over the age of 5. Face coverings are required to be worn whenever you are indoors or in an enclosed space, other than a private residence, and other people are present in the same room or space.

St. Croix County is asking for your voluntary compliance with Governor Evers’ new order. We all want our community to stay healthy, our businesses to thrive, and to get back to a sense of normalcy. You play the most important role in helping us all achieve these goals.

What does this new order mean for you?

We are simply asking that all who can wear a face covering, please do so. To all who cannot wear a face covering due to medical reasons or a disability, please take other precautions to protect yourself and those around you, starting by maintaining a 6-foot distance from others when possible. If you see someone not wearing a face covering, please be respectful and avoid any confrontation. We want everyone to be healthy and feel safe.

With the Governor’s new order in place, we strongly encourage you follow these recommendations to support the health and wellbeing of our entire community.

  • Wear a face covering if:
    • You are medically able.
    • You are indoors with others who do not live in your household.
    • You are around someone that is sick.
  • Maintain a 6-foot distance from people who do not live in your household.
  • If you see someone not wearing a face covering, be kind and keep a 6-foot distance.
    • If you have a concern or compliment about how we are all complying with the Governor’s order, you can share it with us by filling out this form.
  • Businesses have the right to require face coverings upon entry to their business. Please respect the decisions of all businesses in our community.
    • Businesses can turn to law enforcement to resolve incidents that involve disorderly conduct.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Read through and follow the recommendations in the St. Croix County Health Advisory to keep our community healthy and safe.

What are the exemptions?

Under the Governor’s new order, individuals may remove their face covering in the following situations:

  • While eating or drinking.
  • When communicating with an individual who is deaf or hard of hearing and communication cannot be achieved through other means.
  • While obtaining a service that requires the temporary removal of the face covering, such as dental services.
  • While sleeping.
  • While swimming or on duty as a lifeguard.
  • While a single individual is giving a religious, political, media, educational, artistic, cultural, musical, or theatrical presentation for an audience, the single speaker may remove the face covering when actively speaking. While the face covering is removed, the speaker must remain at least 6 feet away from all other individuals at all times.
  • When engaging in work where wearing a face covering would create a risk to the individual, as determined by government safety guidelines.
  • When necessary to confirm the individual’s identity, including when entering a bank, credit union, or other financial institution.
  • When federal or state law or regulations prohibit wearing a face covering.

You can find more information about the order on Governor Evers’ website.