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Evers Declares New Public Health Emergency, Issues Mask Mandate

By John Forester | July 30, 2020

From WisPolitics.com …

Citing a rise in COVID-19 cases, Gov. Tony Evers today issued a new public health emergency and along with a mandate that people wear a mask while indoors.

Under the mandate, effective Saturday, those 5 and older are required to wear a face covering when they’re inside or an enclosed space, other than a private residence, and around those who aren’t members of their household.

His executive order also strongly recommends face coverings in other settings, including outdoors, when it isn’t possible to maintain social distancing.

The mask order comes after Evers has said in recent weeks that he hesitated to issue such a mandate because he believed Republicans would sue to overturn it and he’d lose before the state Supreme Court.

The mask order was issued under a new public health emergency for 60 days.

It also likely sets up another legal clash with GOP lawmakers.

The mask order comes with several exceptions such as while eating or drinking.

See the order here.

See the mandate here.

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