RACINE — The Safer Racine and mandatory mask ordinances have been extended through June 2021.
The discussion and adoption occurred at the meeting of the City Council on Tuesday. Aldermen Jeffrey Peterson and Henry Perez voted against the extension.
The council also voted to extend the city’s Declaration of Emergency through June 30. Only Perez voted against that motion.
In the 10 days before the meeting, 10 area residents died of COVID. The city also reported just under 6,000 cases.
Alderman John Tate II, president of the City Council, called for a more responsible Racine.
He explained that people have been gathering in groups, especially on holidays, which has led to large spikes in COVID-19 cases.
As a result, Tate said, the city has no alternative but to try to limit the spread in whatever capacity is available.
“Nobody wants to shrink business capacity,” Tate said. “But because people aren’t doing what’s necessary to stop the spread, the only option is where we can’t have them gathering — that’s all that’s left.”
“We talk about people having personal responsibility,” Tate said. “We’re here because people aren’t being personally responsible.”
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