Wisconsin Supreme Court Strikes Down Statewide Mask Mandate

Mask Mandate

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Supreme Court has struck down Gov. Tony Evers’ statewide mask mandate, ruling that the Democratic governor exceeded his authority by issuing the order.

The 4-3 ruling Wednesday by the conservative-controlled court is the latest legal blow to attempts by Evers to control the coronavirus.

It comes after Republicans in the Legislature voted to repeal the mask mandate, only to see Evers quickly re-issue it.

The court ruled that any public health emergency issued by Evers is valid for just 60 days and can’t be extended without the approval of the Legislature.

With no state order in place, it will be up to local governmental units to enact their own mask policies. Many communities had moved to enact local ordinances as the Legislature looked to repeal the mandate.

Mask orders are in place in cities including Milwaukee as well as Dane County, home to Madison.

Nearly 60 organizations, including groups representing hospitals, doctors, and nurses, had opposed striking down the mandate.

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