Nick Novak Discusses Milwaukee’s Mask Ordinance on FOX6

Novak FOX6 Milwaukee 07.14.20

MILWAUKEE — The full Milwaukee Common Council voted 15-0 Monday, July 13 to approve Milwaukee’s proposed mask mandate ordinance — passed by the Milwaukee Common Council’s Public Safety and Health Committee Thursday, July 9. It now heads to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s desk for his signature.

After the proposal requiring masks for everyone 3 and older inside public places and outside within 6 feet of non-family/household members is signed by the mayor, it then needs to be published before it would take effect.

The mandate will be enforced not by police, but by the health department, with fines of $50 to $500 targeting businesses — with later chances to lose licenses or be shut down.

“We don’t think that businesses are law enforcement, and it could really create some conflicts between their employees and their customers, create potential civil liability for those job creators, and overall, just put an undue burden on the businesses in Milwaukee,” said Nick Novak with Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce.

Watch the clip here.