Statement on repeal of local mask mandates
To: Members of the Eau Claire City Council and Eau Claire County Board
The Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce supports the repeal of the local City of Eau Claire and Eau Claire County ordinances requiring face covering use in public buildings and indoor public spaces.
In light of new CDC guidance that fully vaccinated individuals can resume normal activities without wearing a mask or physical distancing, improving local metrics, and the natural expectation of the growing number of vaccinated individuals that they should be able to take advantage of the new guidance, it becomes increasingly impractical for government to expect compliance with the current mandate. It should be noted that there is sufficient supply and accessibility for anyone who wants to be vaccinated, and that surrounding jurisdictions do not have mask mandates. We also understand that individual organizations, businesses, and institutions may still choose to enforce their own policies requiring masks and other measures within their own locations based upon their specific circumstances.
We are grateful that the Eau Claire community's response to COVID-19 has generally been marked by cooperation and communication, including the Chippewa Valley Economic Recovery Task Force, in which the Chamber and its individual investor organizations have played an active part. We appreciate the sacrifices that everyone has made in responding to the pandemic, and look forward to continuing economic recovery and achieving a new and better normal.
Posted by Scott Rogers, Vice President Governmental Affairs
Eau Claire Chamber
The Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce has more than 1,200 members.