Will the police arrest me if I don’t have a mask on?

Green Bay law enforcement needs everyone’s assistance as we navigate the current health emergency.  The City encourages everyone to wear masks, in accordance with Governor Evers’ mandate.  Law enforcement will refer all calls about the mask mandate to the Brown County Health Department.  Then Brown County Health will follow up on complaints and contact law enforcement, if needed.  

Brown County Public Health and Green Bay Police officers will first educate people about the importance of wearing a mask, and the need to comply with the Governor’s mandate.  We stress that local businesses and non-profits remain proactive in training employees and educating customers.  Our community goal is 100% compliance.  

The City stresses education around the mask mandate, and wants to assure the community that law enforcement will always respond, if called upon.  If there is an issue, Green Bay Police Department officers will work with the Brown County Health Department to take enforcement action.  A person may receive a civil forfeiture of up to $200, plus court costs.  If the person engages in other unlawful conduct, then more serious consequences may follow. 

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1. I’m going for a bike ride, a picnic, or a run outside in a public place. Do I need a mask?
2. What happens in a ride share, taxi or public transit?
3. How can I eat in a restaurant or coffee shop with a mask on?
4. I saw someone without a mask in a grocery store. Should I call the police?
5. Will the police arrest me if I don’t have a mask on?
6. I’m having a private party in a rented public space. Do my guests need to wear masks?