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- Sam

๐ŸŽญ Audiences will be masked for the foreseeable future. But what about the performers?

  • It's easy to see why, logistically, that could be tricky for some artists and musicians. The Cap Times reports that local arts leaders are lobbying for an exception.

๐Ÿ’ต Wisconsin residents who get vaccinated between August 20 and Labor Day (September 6) will be eligible to receive a $100 Visa gift card.

  • What if I got vaccinated earlier? Congratulations! Your prize is a greatly reduced risk of being hospitalized or dying from Covid-19. You will not receive a gift card, however.

๐Ÿงพ State employees will now be required to share whether or not they've been vaccinated.

  • There's not a vaccine mandate for state employees at this time, but employees have to share their status by September 9th.

๐Ÿ€ Six Wisconsinites will represent Team USA at the Tokyo Paralympics.

  • And for the first time, NBC will be airing the games during primetime, WPR reports.
  • "I'm so pumped that it's going to be televised in a way like Paralympics has never been televised in the States," athlete Joe Delagrave said.

๐Ÿซ Madison school board member Nicki Vander Meulen wants a board vote on whether to require vaccines for staff members.

  • Vander Meulen supports a vaccine mandate for staff.
  • "To attend a concert at Sylvee, get a drink at Woofโ€™s, eat at Robinia Courtyard or see a show at the Overture Center I need to prove I am vaccinated,โ€ she wrote.
  • The Cap Times notes that, up until this point, the school board has allowed administrators to make decisions on Covid-19 safety measures. ย As of now, vaccination is not required for school staff.
  • Related: Dr. Anthony Fauci: Expect 'a flood' of COVID-19 vaccine mandates after full FDA approval (USA Today)

๐Ÿ“† Hey, what are you doing tonight? Here are some ideas, pulled from our events post.

  • Adventure Under the Sea: virtual, interactive tour of the award-winning Texas State Aquarium. Hosted by DreamBank. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Free.
  • Find more things to do this week here.

๐Ÿ“š Your lunchtime read: Nearly 200 Wisconsin officers back on the job after being fired or forced out (Wisconsin Watch)