Dubuque County has unanimously approved a countywide mask mandate.
The Board of Supervisors made the decision at their meeting Thursday afternoon, as COVID-19 cases in Dubuque County continue to climb and Dubuque hospitals continue to be overwhelmed.
The mandate was recommended by the Dubuque County Board of Health, which was unanimously approved by all nine members on Monday. It was the second time the Board of Health recommended such a move, but the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors vote 2-1 in September against it.
Dubuque County’s new mask mandate will go into effect next Wednesday, November 18th and run through March 1st (though it can be changed at any time).
The mandate will require people older than 3 years old to wear face coverings when indoors at any public place or business in Dubuque County, including grocery stores, retail stores and pharmacies. Masks will also be required when people are not able to keep six feet distance from others outdoors, as well as on public transportation or when using a private car service in Dubuque County.
All businesses that are open to the public must post signs at their entrance informing customers that face coverings are required inside the business.
There are some exceptions – anyone who has trouble breathing or is on oxygen therapy or a ventilator is not required to wear a mask, as well as anyone actively engaged in a public safety role, such as law enforcement or emergency medical personnel.