Mayor David Boelk has declared a state of emergency in Mendota. It'll be in effect starting at 5:30 today (Thursday). He's taken the action in light of a five-fold increase in the number of coronavirus cases in that city over the last month.
In a Thursday message, the mayor says he's executed an executive order that promises penalties for people and businesses failing to adhere to the state's COVID-19-related guidelines. For instance, businesses with liquor licenses will see their licenses suspended and face fines, if they're found to be violating the state's guidelines. And anyone who goes into a Mendota retailer without a face mask could be fined and subject to criminal charges. If you have a condition or disability that prevents you from wearing a mask, you should communicate that to the owner.