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Gov. Evers declares public health emergency, issues order requiring face coverings

Gov. Evers declares public health emergency, issues order requiring face coverings”

The Democrat Evers declared a new public health emergency Thursday, after his initial one expired in May, and ordered the wearing of masks starting on Saturday.

Other exceptions to the order include activities such as when someone is eating, drinking or swimming. It was slated to run until September 28, with violators facing a $200 fine.

In a press release, Evers commended local health departments for the job they've done to contain the virus' spread, but noted a "statewide approach" is needed because the virus "doesn't care" about boundaries between municipalities.

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.

Under this order, Wisconsin 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. His previous order relating to COVID-19, the Safer at Home order which shut down or limited the capacity of some businesses, was shot down by the state Supreme Court.

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

Republican legislative leaders brought the earlier lawsuit.

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"Masks are fine, but we don't need statewide mandates telling us what to do".

"While I know emotions are high when it comes to wearing face coverings in public", he added, "my job as governor is to put people first and to do what's best for the people of our state, so that's what I am going to do". Make no mistake, this order is way broader than a mandatory mask policy.

Evers said the rise in COVID-19 cases, not Karofsky's joining the court, and the fact that not enough people wore masks voluntarily motivated him to act now.

Evers had previously said he wouldn't issue such an order. Democratic state Sen. Chris Larson, of Milwaukee, started a petition for a statewide mandate.

Wisconsin is seeing new and significant community spread and increase in cases of COVID-19 which requires that we declare a new public health emergency and require face coverings. That death count is the 28th-highest in the country and the 35th highest per capita, at almost 16 deaths per 100,000 people. Over the past two weeks, the rolling average number of daily new cases has gone up by 70, an increase of almost 9%.

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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