Governor Evers to issue mask mandate across Wisconsin

BREAKING Governor Evers issues statewide mask mandate

Gov. Tony Evers today declared a Public Health Emergency and issued an Emergency Order requiring individuals to wear face coverings when indoors and not in a private residence, with some exceptions as clarified and defined in the order. Evers' spokeswoman Britt Cudaback referred to comments he made on Thursday calling it "risky business" for the Legislature to revoke a mask mandate that polls show has broad public support. Executive Order #82 declaring a public health emergency is available here and Emergency Order #1 requiring face coverings statewide is available here. The new order also applies to outdoor bars and restaurants, except when people are eating or drinking. It was slated to run until September 28, with violators facing a $200 fine.

Under the order, state residents ages five and older are required to wear a face covering when they are indoors or in an enclosed space with anyone outside their household or living unit. The speaker did not mention blocking the order through legislative action, though. However, the May ruling determined that the state health secretary overstepped her authority with the "safer at home" order; the court did not address the governor's power to issue public health emergencies.

The GOP-controlled Legislature has not met since mid-April, despite calls from Evers and Democrats to convene to take up issues related to the coronavirus pandemic, including ensuring that the Wisconsin National Guard can continue its work across the state assisting in testing for COVID-19.

The Supreme Court will soon, however, go from a 5-2 majority to a 4-3 one, when Jill Karofsky takes over August 1.

"I want to start by acknowledging there are times when wearing a mask makes sense for certain people".

Wisconsin Senate Republicans "stand ready" to strike down the statewide mask mandate that Democratic Gov.

"The bottom line is we need to keep people safe and this is one way to do it", he said. "You never know, it may never end up in the Supreme Court". Evers' order doesn't preempt local governments from enacting even stricter ordinances. That death count is the 28th-highest in the country and the 35th highest per capita, at almost 16 deaths per 100,000 people.

The first week of July saw an average of just over 660 new cases each day being reported statewide.

The virus, although still heavily concentrated in urban areas, is spreading to more rural counties that had largely avoided the disease.



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