Saturday, 08 August, 2020

Evers Orders Masks Statewide

BREAKING Governor Evers issues statewide mask mandate Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers wears a mask during a July 7th press briefing
Gustavo Carr | 02 August, 2020, 05:07

Less than 24 hours after Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers issued a state-wide mask order as a measure to control the increase of Coronavirus outbreaks in Wisconsin, Fitzgerald and the Republicans appear to be rallying once again to block the Governor's mandate. 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.

He "strongly" encourages all residents of Green County to wear a mask, "not because of governmental mandate, but rather as the sensible thing to do to help stop the spread of a serious virus".

Violators could face a $200 fine, but the Florence County Sheriff's Office says they will not enforce this mandate.

The order has exceptions when someone is eating, drinking, or swimming.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, a Republican from Juneau, said Evers may have opened himself to legal challenges.

As of Friday, more than a dozen county sheriffs across Wisconsin said they would not enforce the order, with many noting they didn't have the resources to deal with it or that it was a public health issue instead of a law enforcement matter.

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"Republicans in the state Senate stand ready to convene the body to end the governor's order", Fitzgerald said in a statement.

Moran says many tourists have also worn masks inside as well. Executive Order #82 declaring a public health emergency is available here and Emergency Order #1 requiring face coverings statewide is available here. 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. All individuals age five or older must wear a face covering when they are indoors or in an enclosed space, other than a private residence, and another person not of the same household is present in the same room or enclosed space.

Governor Tony Evers is issuing a statewide mask order to take effect on Saturday. Evers' order doesn't preempt local governments from enacting even stricter ordinances. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, 61 of 72 counties are experience high COVID-19 activity, including Oneida and Forest counties. 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.