City Manager Talks Masks, Conducting Business during Pandemic

City Manager Talks Masks, Conducting Business during Pandemic Click to Enlarge

(KWNO) Winona City Manager Steve Sarvi urged community members to wear masks in public during an interview on KWNO’s In the Know Monday morning.

"I don't think it's right, left, or center. It's just the smart thing to do and science supports it, so we are asking people to step up and do that. If we can keep our numbers low we won't have to take more drastic measures as a community," said Sarvi.

Sarvi pointed to several communities and countries that have limited the spread of COVID-19 by mandating masks but doesn’t expect the City Council to require masks in public places.

As cases have risen in the county, several bars and restaurants have temporarily closed for COVID-19 concerns. Sarvi applauded the business community for taking the safety and health of employees and customers seriously.

County health officials say many of the newly reported cases of COVID-19 stem from an outbreak in La Crosse County. No Winona area businesses are considered a high risk to contract the virus at this time.

The City Manager advised businesses with a confirmed case of COVID-19 to reference CDC and DEED guidelines, reach out to county health, chamber and city officials to form a plan that fits a business's unique circumstance. Sarvi said cooridinating with leaders may prevent a business from closing longer than what may be needed.

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