WI Gov Reinstates Mask Rule Minutes After GOP Repeal

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers on Thursday issued a new health emergency order requiring face masks in public indoor places just an hour after Wisconsin Republican lawmakers eliminated the same mandate.

GOP lawmakers in the state Assembly voted Thursday to repeal the statewide mask rule by ending the governor’s health emergency order — the first measure passed by the state Legislature in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in 10 months.

But Evers put the mask requirement back in place almost immediately, saying he was doing so to avoid an unnecessary risk to the public’s health. If Evers hadn’t acted, the state may have been at risk of losing tens of millions a month in federal food assistance without an emergency order in place.

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