The order issued Thursday takes effect Saturday and makes Wisconsin the 34th state to require face coverings — a tool health experts say can substantially reduce transmission of the coronavirus, which can cause serious illness and has no vaccine.
Along with the new face mask requirement, Evers declared a new public health emergency in Wisconsin over rising cases of the virus — a move that considered legally dubious by conservatives.
So we’ll see if Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald decide to sue or not? Apparently not, see below! But to take the pressure off of them, there is an exclusion provided by the governor:
A number of exceptions also were included in the order, including for members of the state Legislature and the state judiciary.
But it does look like it will be an interesting two months:
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, said there are constitutional questions about Evers’ new public health emergency and mask order but signaled he would not be suing the governor over them.
“I understand the necessity of doing all that we can to control the spread of COVID-19. We all know it’s serious,” Vos said in a statement. “Local governments have been responding appropriately and increasing precautionary measures as needed. But Wisconsin shouldn’t have a one-size-fits-all mandate.”
Republican state Sen. Steve Nass called on Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald “to immediately call the Legislature back into session to pass a joint resolution ending Governor Evers’ new illegal and unnecessary emergency declaration.”
Illegal or not, that would be up to the courts…unnecessary…far from it. But the Legislature has done damn near nothing to help resolve the continued health crisis…it wouldn’t be in their best interest to make it worse.