Rockford, Illinois News

Wisconsin governor issues mask mandate through late September

MADISON – Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has issues a statewide mask mandate that goes into effect Saturday, Aug. 1.

Announced Thursday, the order is similar to the Illinois mask edict. A cloth face covering or a prefabricated mask that covers the nose and mouth is required in public.

“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,” Evers said during a press conference. “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.”

Wisconsin has averaged 890 news infections per day between July 15 and July 21. The state reported 1,059 new cases, including eight new coronavirus-related fatalities, Thursday. There have been 52,108 cases in Wisconsin since March. There’ve been 919 deaths.

The order expires Sept. 28. It defines a face covering a cloth garment “not limited to a bandanna, a cloth face mask, a disposable or paper mask, a neck gaiter, or a religious face covering. A face covering does not include face shields, mesh masks, masks with holes or openings, or masks with vents.”

Violators could face fines of up to $200.

Read the emergency order.