To the Editor:

(Re.“City modifies masking policy,” Oct. 28, 2021) As the mask policy continues to be modified, is the city truly reaching a more definite understanding of if this is working?

The face mask policy in Ripon, Wisconsin, has been amended to “strongly recommend,” however city employees are still required to wear them, as long as it will not negatively impact that employee’s safety. As stated, this would include activities such as welding or grinding, putting those at risk if wearing a face covering.

Although the city has stated that they have had little issue with compliance, this could be subject to change now that the verbiage has changed regarding everyone else. This brings into question, do city employees have the option to be fully vaccinated or wear a mask, or is it considered a blanket concept not requiring the disclosure of vaccination status?

The informed decisions, influenced by the health department in the area, to continue to require city employees to be masked while at work have clearly shown enough evidence to continue to enforce that requirement. I feel that if the evidence is clear enough to enforce it upon city employees that it should be extended to the rest of the businesses and public areas, to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

If vaccination is not even brought into question, the science behind wearing masks has shown that it is helping to slow the spread. If the ultimate goal is to resume life back to normalcy, I feel that a mandate would continue to be more effective.

— Grace Reininger

Green Lake

(2) comments

Dale Failor

This is for the city and not the schools I assume. If that is the case first comment can be ignored.

Dale Failor

Schools without a mask mandate has a much higher number of students with COVID than those with the mandate. What is wrong with this city? What is there that has not been proven to not have a mask mandate in the schools in Ripon?

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