EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Mayor Lloyd Winnecke announced that the city of Evansville will be following Governor Holcomb’s mask advisory, with a few exceptions, starting April 6.
The mayor said during his Tuesday press briefing that masks will still have to be worn in city-owned buildings and on METS buses.
Mayor Winnecke said businesses will be able to require mask-wearing if they feel the need to.
“I think we’ve been very thoughtful and very deliberate in making these decisions and recommendations,” said Mayor Winnecke.
“The Health Department agrees that there are still ways to protect yourself when you’re in public. Wearing the mask, social distancing, if you’re not feeling well, staying home when you’re sick,” said Joe Gries of the Vanderburgh County Health Department.
Mayor Winnecke maintained the stance he’s had throughout the pandemic, saying that the city government should not dictate the means by which people live.
“It’s all about personal decisions, and taking personal responsibility in the public health of the community,” shared Mayor Winnecke.
Leaders from local hospitals agreed with the decision, but also said they will pay close attention to the metrics and make recommendations accordingly.
“The number of hospitalizations, the number of positive cases, the number of ICU patients, the number of persons vaccinated to determine if this strategy is effective,” said Dr. Gina Huhnke, Deaconess Health System.
“While there are some very encouraging signs that there is light at the end of the tunnel, this is not all clear. And we need to continue to be responsible so that we continue the great progress that we’ve made and continue the decline and total spread of COVID in our communities,” stated Dan Parod, Ascension St. Vincent Southern Region President.
You can watch his coronavirus update below.