Gov. Evers issues statewide mask order, conservatives threaten legal challenge
Updated: 6:29 p.m. on July 30, 2020
Posted: 12:49 p.m. on July 30, 2020
MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Governor Tony Evers declared a public health emergency and issued an emergency order requiring individuals to wear a face covering when indoors and not in private residences effective 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1 and will expire on Sept. 28.
The announcement was made Thursday, July 30.
In a news release released Thursday, Evers said:
“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. We’ve said all along that we’re going to let science and public health experts be our guide in responding to this pandemic, and we know that masks and face coverings will save lives. While I know emotions are high when it comes to wearing face coverings in public, 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.”
Emergency Order #1 requiring face coverings statewide can be found in full, below:
This is a developing story and will be updated.