Wisconsin’s governor ordered residents to wear masks when indoors and not in a private residence,
joining dozens of other United States state leaders mandating face coverings to slow the spread of coronavirus.
In a statement, Governor Tony Evers said Wisconsin was seeing an increase in significant community spread
and rise in COVID-19 cases, which required he declare a new public health emergency and require face coverings statewide.
Under this order, Wisconsin residents ages 5 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. Face coverings are strongly recommended if you are outdoors and maintaining physical distancing is not possible.
The order also enumerates exceptions to the requirement, listing activities such as when an individual is eating,
drinking, or swimming.
Individuals with health conditions or disabilities that would preclude the wearing of a face-covering safely are
also exempt from the requirement.
“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,” said Gov. Evers in a news release.
“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.”