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Wisconsin governor orders masks statewide amid virus surge

Posted at 5:27 PM, Jul 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 17:27:51-04

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has issued a statewide mask order amid a spike in coronavirus cases in the state, setting up a conflict with Republican legislative leaders who oppose such a requirement and successfully sued earlier to kill his “safer at home” order.

The Democratic governor on Thursday ordered the wearing of masks starting Saturday.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court in May tossed out an order from Evers’ health secretary closing most nonessential businesses.

Republicans brought that lawsuit.

The state Assembly's Republican speaker, Robin Vos, says he expects the mask order to face a legal challenge from “citizen groups."