If you work for the DNR in the state of Wisconsin and want to remain employed, you’ll have to get used to wearing a mask in your own home for virtual calls, even if no one else is home. In a July 31 email, Department of Natural Resources Secretary Preston Cole reminded employees about the mask order by Wisconsin’s Democrat Governor Tony Evers would go into effect on the following day. The governor’s order does not include mandating the wearing of a face mask in a private residence.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:

“Also, wear your mask, even if you are home, to participate in a virtual meeting that involves being seen — such as on Zoom or another video-conferencing platform — by non-DNR staff,” Cole told his employees. “Set the safety example which shows you as a DNR public service employee care about the safety and health of others.”

Wisconsin Democrat Governor Tony Evers

GOP Rep. Joe Sanfelippo of New Berlin said he believed in general most people should wear masks when they’re in public. But the DNR’s position that employees should wear them for teleconferences is ridiculous, he said.

“I’m more inclined to support things that actually do help as opposed to just putting on an appearance of helping,” he said.

DNR spokeswoman Megan Sheridan said the agency wanted to set an example and create “a very visual reminder to all that wearing a mask in a public setting helps prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

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