Portage Co. issues face covering ‘recommendation’

Metro Wire Staff

Portage County has issued a face-covering order containing several “recommendations” from Health Officer Gary Garske.

The advisory order, which was written on Portage Co. Health and Human Services letterhead, was issued Friday afternoon.

The county is recommending residents continue wearing masks or other face coverings, with some exceptions listed. Social distancing and frequent handwashing are also included in the recommendations.

The county’s advisory comes two days after the┬ástate mandate was struck down by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Portage Co. Chairman Al Haga said the advisory is just a continuation of the state’s previous mandate.

“We’re just advising everybody to use their masks, wash your hands, and socially distance. It doesn’t have any more teeth than when the governor did it,” Haga said.

The advisory order is in place through June 1, at which time the county will conduct a review of the order.

Calls to County Executive Chris Holman and HHS Director Ray Przybelski were not immediately answered.

Portage County Face Covering Order 4.2.21

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