Governor Evers issued Emergency Order #1, Relating to preventing the spread of COVID-19 by requiring face coverings in certain situations (Emergency Order #1). Another public health emergency gives the governor all the tools he needs to close schools, mandate virtual learning, issue another safer-at-home order or worse. Those with health conditions or disabilities that would prevent them from safely wearing a mask are also exempt. It is scheduled to run until September 28.
"While our local health departments have been doing a heck of a job responding to this pandemic in our communities, the fact of the matter is, this virus doesn't care about any town, city, or county boundary, and we need a statewide approach to get Wisconsin back on track", Evers said in a statement. Note that the validity of the order is not controlled by the Wisconsin Supreme Court's decision in Wisconsin Legislature v. Palm, 391 Wis. 2d 497, 942 N.W.2d 900 (2020). "I would expect legal challenges from citizen groups".
"We simply can not field complaints about non-mask violations. Many people are wearing masks already", Fitzgerald said in a statement. It did not, however, address the governor's power to issue public health emergencies. Esenberg stopped short of promising a lawsuit, saying he was reviewing it.
Representative Adam Neylon (R-Pewaukee) is calling for a special legislative session to block Evers' order, stating that the order "exceeds authority".More news: COVID-19 app, backed by federal government, now available
"We'll continue to do that, with the best interest of the community", said Seibold.
Evers has repeatedly cited that ruling as a reason for his reluctance to join 32 other states that have mask mandates.
The Supreme Court will soon, however, go from a 5-2 majority to a 4-3 one, when Jill Karofsky takes over August 1.
Seven1Five Outpost, a local ice cream and tourist shop in the area, says recently, there has been a mix of people wearing masks.More news: Aged care fears as one new Qld case confirmed
More than 30 states, with both Republican and Democratic governors, have mask mandates in effect.
"The bottom line is we need to keep people safe and this is one way to do it", he said.
"Staying home, limiting interactions, practicing physical distancing, and washing your hands thoroughly are still the most effective ways to stop the spread", said Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Wisconsin's Chief Medical Officer and the State Epidemiologist for Communicable Diseases. As of Friday, Douglas County has 119 COVID-19 positive cases. That death count is the 28th-highest in the country and the 35th highest per capita, at almost 16 deaths per 100,000 people.More news: Iran claims arrest of monarchist group leader blamed for 2008 attack