APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV) – Outagamie County buildings are reopening today to the public, but if you want to go inside you’re going to need to remember to bring a mask.
“It’s (wearing a mask) something that people have grown used to doing over the last year and we think it’s a simple task,” says Outagamie County executive Tom Nelson. “This is something the board backs, they support it and hopefully this doesn’t last longer than it absolutely needs to. “
The county buildings have been closed for all but essential services since the pandemic began.
“We have always put the public’s health and safety first and foremost and that’s the message we’ve been sending, that’s the practice we’ve been doing for the last 16 months,” says Nelson. “What we’re looking at here is a phased in approach so more employees are coming on (working in the buildings) and now it’s going to be open to the public.”
Visitors will still need to wear a mask if they come inside. County officials say they’re mandating mask wearing because it’s still a best practice and because of the emergence of the Delta variant.
County officials say they are watching vaccination rates and that will determine when they lift remaining restrictions.
“We hope that brings an added assurance that when they come to Outagamie county that we have taken the extra steps to make this a safe environment,” says Nelson.