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NOTE: City of Racine Ordinance Sec. 54-35, Wear of Face Coverings, was repealed at the May 18, 2021, meeting of the Racine Common Council.

The City of Racine Common Council passed an ordinance requiring the use of face coverings in specific situations within City limits. This ordinance took effect on Monday, July 27, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. Click here to view the ordinance text.

Guidance for Face Mask Usage

Updated CDC Guidance for Vaccinated Individuals

On May 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their guidance 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

Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.

Even when you are fully vaccinated, masks are still required in some situations:

  • When using/traveling on public transportation, including buses, airplanes, taxis, and rideshare services such as Uber or Lyft.
  • As dictated by local, state, or federal ordinances/laws or by policies set forth by individual businesses.
  • When an individual does not yet meet the definition of being fully vaccinated (see above).
Guidance for Unvaccinated Individuals

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

  • 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 Cover/Mask

You should carry a face cover/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 Coverings are Important

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Wearing face coverings help protect those around you.

Wearing a cloth face covering 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).

How to Get a Face Cover

Make Your Own

CDC has instructions for making your own mask, with both sew and no-sew instructions. For the no-sew option, you’ll need fabric (like an old t-shirt or cotton cloth), rubber bands or hair ties, and scissors.

Buy One

You can buy masks online and in retail stores like pharmacies, big-box retailers, grocery stores, and hardware stores. See this list of local retailers selling masks. Note: mask types, quantities, prices, and availabilities vary by the retailer; contact your preferred retailer with questions.

Get One from Your Community

Many crafty people have stepped up to make and donate masks in our community. Check your neighborhood groups on social media, Next Door, and other similar sites to see if someone near you is making face covers.

How to Use a Face Cover

We recommend cloth (reusable) face covers. They are better for the environment, generating less waste in the long run, and will be less expensive for you as they can simply be washed and reused.

Proper Use

  • Putting the Face Cover On
    • Wash your hands before putting on your face covering.
    • Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
    • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face.
    • Make sure you can breathe easily.
  • Taking the Face Cover Off
    • Untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops.
    • Handle only by the ear loops or ties.
    • Fold outside corners together and dispose of the mask or place in a paper or zippered bag until it can be washed.
    • Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing and wash hands or use hand sanitizer immediately after removing.
  • Washing or Disposing of Face Covers
    • Disposable, or single-use, face covers/masks should be used once and thrown away at the end of the day.
    • Reusable masks should be washed after each day of use.
      • Follow manufacturer’s recommendations for washing store-bought cloth face covers. Generally, they can be included with your regular laundry or hand-washed by soaking for 5 minutes in a diluted bleach solution (5 Tablespoons bleach per gallon of water). Be sure to rinse well.
      • Dry your cloth face covers in a dryer on a high-heat setting, or lay flat and allow to air dry; place in direct sunlight, if possible, to aid in drying.

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