Face Masks &  Mask Ordinance


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NOTE: City of Racine Ordinance Sec. 54-35, Wear of Face Coverings, was approved at the August 31, 2021, meeting of the Racine Common Council. This ordinance took effect on September 4, 2021.


Click here for a sign your business or organization can post to inform customers and patrons of the mask requirement.


Click here to view the ordinance text.

Guidance for Face Mask Usage

Updated CDC Guidance for Mask Usage

In July 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their guidance for mask usage in public, including for those who are fully vaccinated. Being fully vaccinated means at least two weeks have passed since your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or since your first/only dose of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine.

Read more here: When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated | CDC

Masks are strongly recommended in all areas with substantial or high levels of community transmission for both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Click here for local data on the current transmission rate in the Racine area.

Masks are required in some areas by local ordinances or rules (such as in the City of Racine), as well as when using or traveling on public transportation. That includes buses, airplanes, taxis, and rideshare services such as Uber or Lyft.

Guidance for Unvaccinated Individuals

Those who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 should continue to wear masks in public situations and/or when around those from outside their own household. If you would like to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine, click here for more information.

Below are recommendations from CDC for those who are unvaccinated..

  • When you wear a mask, you protect others as well as yourself. Masks work best when everyone wears one.
  • A mask is NOT a substitute for social distancing. Masks should still be worn in addition to staying at least 6 feet apart, especially when indoors around people who don’t live in your household.
  • Masks should completely cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of face without gaps.
  • Masks should be worn any time you are traveling on a plane, bus, train, or other form of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
  • People age 2 and older should wear masks in public settings and when around people who don’t live in their household.​
  • Wear a mask inside your home if someone you live with is sick with symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol after touching or removing your mask.
  • Masks may not be necessary when you are outside by yourself away from others, or with people who live in your household. However, some areas may have mask mandates while out in public, so please check the rules in your area (such as in your city, county, or state). Additionally, check whether any federal mask mandates apply to where you will be going.
  • There are several easy methods to improve the performance of your mask. Visit CDC’s Improve the Fit and Filtration of Your Mask to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19 webpage to learn more.
Carry a Face Mask

You should carry a face mask when you leave home, making sure to have enough for yourself and any children 5 years of age or older. Even if you are fully vaccinated, some locations you visit or travel to may require all persons to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status.

Why Face Masks are Important

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Wearing face masks helps protect those around you.

Wearing a face mask appropriately will help protect people around you, including those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 (older individuals and those with certain health conditions) and workers who frequently come into close contact with other people (e.g., in stores and restaurants).

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