Milwaukee mask warrant expires March 1; What do you want to know

Starting Tuesday, March 1, you will no longer be required to wear a mask in public spaces in Milwaukee. But there are different places where you will always have to hide.

The current indoor mask mandate was a response to the highly contagious omicron variant of COVID-19. Milwaukee recently moved into the “low transmission” category.

However, not everyone plans to ditch their masks indoors.

“I wear my mask most of the time. I also work in healthcare and take care of active COVID patients. I feel like it’s more my duty to wear a mask because I’m more at risk of exposure. I don’t want to affect other people,” Becca Schilling said.

There are places where you will need a mask. Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) riders will be required to mask up until at least March 18 — when the federal mandate expires. Milwaukee Public Schools says they will continue to require masks in MPS buildings.

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“It’s definitely a positive thing that we’re even having this discussion. It means cases are low, hospitalizations are low,” said Dr. Dan Shirley of UW Health.

Dr Shirley said some should consider continuing to wear masks.

“There are still some people who are at higher risk if they were to get COVID. These are particularly immunocompromised people and perhaps very young people who have not yet had access to vaccines,” the doctor said. .

With term expiration, Paul Stillmank has that in mind.

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“But I can still wear the virus and spread it to other people. I’m really wearing this mask for other people, not myself,” Stillmank said.

You will also need to continue to wear a mask inside medical facilities.

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