Saturday, August 1, 2020

Local police chief pleads for 'civility towards one another' ahead of mask mandate going into effect

From The Journal

Adam Rogan

CALEDONIA — As Gov. Tony Evers said on Thursday when announcing he was ordering a statewide mask requirement, "I know emotions are high when it comes to wearing face coverings in public."
In anticipation of Evers' requirement, which requires most people to wear a face covering in most buildings starting Saturday, Caledonia Police Chief Christopher Botsch has issued a plea to the public: Please be civil.
Nationwide, verbal and some physical confrontations have broken out between people who have chosen/been required to wear masks and those who have refused to wear them.

"We encourage everyone to take appropriate precautions to ensure their own health and the safety of others. We are hopeful that members of our community will self-regulate to mitigate exposure to COVID-19," Botsch, who officially became chief in May, wrote in a Facebook post published Friday afternoon. "Whatever your position is regarding the Governor’s Order, we implore civility towards one another ... While everyone may not agree on this topic, I am hopeful that tolerance and civility will rule the day."

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