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Exemption allows TV stations to report from the studio without masks

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DANE COUNTY (WKOW) -- Dane County's indoor mask order went into effect Monday morning, but TV viewers will notice anchors and reporters in the studio are not wearing masks.

The order has several exemptions, as long as people are practicing social distancing in the studio, according to Public Health Madison and Dane County.

The exemption is in place so that viewers who are deaf or hard of hearing are still able to read lips and see expressions, along with closed captioning.

27 News is abiding by the ordinance in the newsroom and workspaces.

In order to comply with the order, all WKOW employees are required to wear masks when in the building or in other enclosed spaces on company business. 

According to the CDC’s website, limiting close face-to-face contact by practicing social or physical distancing from other people who are not from the same household in both indoor and outdoor spaces is the best way to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

With that in mind, anchors and reporters are required to wear masks while in the building and when entering or leaving the studio and are stationed at least 6 feet apart at all times while on air.  

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