Morning Update: Tuesday, August 24
Good Morning, Madison.
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Hope you have a good Tuesday!
🎭 Audiences will be masked for the foreseeable future. But what about the performers?
- The newest public health order requiring masks indoors has an exception for people that are dining but doesn't make an exception for 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.
💵 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.
🧾 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.
- Evers has previously indicated that he was open to a state employee vaccine mandate.
🏀 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.
🏫 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 Woof’s, eat at Robinia Courtyard or see a show at the Overture Center I need to prove I am vaccinated,” 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. 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)
📆 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.
- Your Lunch Time live concert: Acoplados Duo. Concert has been relocated to S Hamilton corner of the Capitol Square. Noon-1 p.m. Free.
- Concerts in the Park: RANDOM MAXX at Wetmore Park in Sun Prairie. 6 p.m. Free.
- Rally To Stop Enbridge Lines 3 & 5 at the Capitol. Organized by Wisconsin 7, 350 Madison Climate Action Team and Building Unity. 12 p.m.
- Find more things to do this week here.
📚 Your lunchtime read: Nearly 200 Wisconsin officers back on the job after being fired or forced out (Wisconsin Watch)