Masks Remain Mandatory Within Tribal Boundaries Despite Supreme Court Ruling

Red Cliff’s mandatory face coverings ordinance remains in effect despite Supreme Court’s decision to reverse Gov. Evers’ statewide mask mandate

March 31, 2021—Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers’ statewide mask mandate has been struck down by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. However, Red Cliff’s Mandatory Face Coverings Ordinance remains in effect. Masks are required within tribal boundaries per the Red Cliff Code of Laws Chapter 59 in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Under the ordinance, masks must be worn in all indoor spaces, including tribal government buildings and tribal businesses. Masks are also mandatory in outdoor public spaces when within six (6) feet of someone who is not a member of the person’s family or household. Masks are also recommended for all other businesses and where social distancing is not possible.

The full ordinance can be found in the Red Cliff Code of Laws at

Fines for violating the ordinance start at $50 and could increase up to a maximum of $500 for repeated violations of the ordinance. Businesses that refuse to comply with the ordinance face fines and potential closure under the new law.

Red Cliff’s Mandatory Face Coverings Ordinance was originally passed by the Red Cliff Tribal Council on July 31, 2020. The ordinance has been in effect since August 3, 2020.

Please continue to do your part to help keep our community safe.