Evers Orders Masks Statewide

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers holds a news conference in Madison Wis

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers holds a news conference in Madison Wis

"The Legislature is empowered to end any emergency declaration issued by a Governor through the simple passage of a joint resolution that doesn't require the Governor's approval", according to Nass.

Evers said the public health emergency and face mask order are necessary because the state is seeing new and significant community spread and increases in cases of infection.

Wisconsin makes the 33rd state to mandate masks.

He cites as a justification for the mandate a recent recommendation from President Donald Trump's COVID-19 task force that Wisconsin consider adopting a statewide face covering requirement due to the state's increasing number of people infected with the new coronavirus.

The order, for anyone over 5 years old to where face coverings when indoors - not private residence, and other exceptions - goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Saturday and will expire September 28.

The state's high court was controlled 5-2 by conservatives when it struck down the earlier order on a split 4-3 decision.

Republican legislative leaders in Wisconsin brought on that lawsuit against the health secretary. 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.

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The new order gives exceptions for eating, drinking or swimming, or if people have conditions or disabilities precluding the safe wearing of masks.

Evers said that although "emotions are high when it comes to wearing face coverings in public", he issued the order because he believed it was in the best interests of the people.

With many businesses and organizations across Washington County already requiring masks, this unnecessary power grab adds to the fear which is plaguing our county, state and nation. Evers' order doesn't preempt local governments from enacting even stricter ordinances.

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

In June, 19 of Wisconsin's 72 counties were experiencing high COVID-19 activity. Wisconsin has the 28th-highest deaths in the country, and the 35th highest per capita at almost 16 deaths per 100,000 people. From July 15 to 21, there were an average of 890 new cases each day, a 16% increase from the previous week.

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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