Wisconsin DNR tells employees to wear masks during Zoom calls at home

by Peter Heck · Aug 13th, 2020 8:46 am

Last Updated Aug 14th, 2020 at 3:18 pm

Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources has made the peculiar demand to require all employees to wear a mask during video conferences, even if they are home by themselves.

The group's secretary, Preston Cole, offered the reminder to all Wisconsin DNR officials:

"Also, wear your mask, even if you are home, to participate in a virtual meeting that involves being seen — such as on Zoom or another video-conferencing platform — by non-DNR staff," Cole said, according to local media. "Set the safety example which shows you as a DNR public service employee care about the safety and health of others."

The announcement has left some confused, given that Gov. Tony Evers's mask mandate exempts those who are fraternizing only with those they are living or sharing a household with.

"We need to get back to working together statewide to flatten the curve and to prevent the spread of this virus," Evers said in July. "The most important thing you can do is serve as an example to those around you by wearing a mask or face covering, practicing physical distancing, and following best safety practices."

The governor's mask mandate took effect on August 1.


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