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Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down statewide mask mandate

WISCONSIN – Today the Wisconsin Supreme Court has struck down Democratic Governor Tony Ever’s statewide mask mandate.

The court ruled 4-3 that Evers violated state law by unilaterally issuing numerous emergency orders to extend the mask mandate for months.

The court said the governor needed legislative approval to issue more orders after the initial 60-day mandate, which he issued in August.

“The question in this case is not whether the governor acted wisely; it is whether he acted lawfully. We conclude he did not,” Justice Brian Hagedorn wrote in the court’s decision.

In May 2020 the Supreme Court struck down Ever’s stay-at-home order saying his health secretary didn’t have the authority to issue the order. In October 2020, a state appeals court also blocked Evers’ attempts to limit the number of people allowed in restaurants, bars and other indoor places.

Local mask mandates are still in place in some areas such as Milwaukee and Dane County.

Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul, who is in favour of the mask order, issued a statement urging residents to keep wearing their masks.