City Owned Buildings in Evansville No Longer Requiring Masks, Adding to Mask Confusion

Beginning At midnight on Tuesday, mask wearing inside of buildings like the Civic Center in Evansville will no longer be required.

Posted: May 17, 2021 5:30 PM
Updated: May 17, 2021 7:32 PM

Beginning At midnight on Tuesday, mask wearing inside of buildings like the Civic Center in Evansville will no longer be required.

On Tuesday, the executive order requiring masks in city facilities will expire, after over 6 months of being in place, so places like the Civic Center, the C.K. Newsome Center, and Swonder Ice Arena will no longer require the wearing of face coverings or mandate social distancing

“If you go back and look at the data on a daily basis, the prevalence of the virus in the community, the number of cases, and the number of people getting vaccinated, it just didn’t seem like continuing an executive order was sustainable," said Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke.

Along with no required face coverings, social distancing guidelines like stickers asking you to stay 6 feet apart and the closure of water fountains will done with as well.

And with mask wearing slowly becoming less and less prominent around the nation, some businesses who are still requiring mask wearing are seeing less and less people complying in their buildings.

“I noticed in the past couple of weeks, more people coming in with no masks, and we have masks to give to them," said David Tang, General Manager of Comfort.

Tang told 44News he is considering dropping the mask mandate at the end of the month, but workers will continue to wear masks.

Deaconess Hospital will also continue to require mask wearing at all of their facilities.

And Large retailers like CVS & Home Depot are continuing their mask mandates, but Target, Walmart & Costco are dropping the requirement for fully vaccinated individuals.

And Winnecke said he’s excited to see his city getting one step closer to normal.

“I can’t wait to see a lot of maskless, smiling faces on Tuesday morning, and that’s what I look forward to.”

The only city entity that will not change their mask policy is the METS city buses. That policy will stay in affect until at least September.

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