Wisconsin’s expiring mask mandate will be extended into 2021 according to an announcement made by Governor Tony Evers on Wednesday.
The mask mandate was set to expire on Saturday, November 21st, but during his media briefing with the Department of Health Services, Evers said the new public health emergency would push the date out into the middle of January. He will officially release the order in the coming days. The Wisconsin Supreme Court hear virtual arguments on Monday challenging the current mask mandate, but it is unknown when they will issue a decision.
On Tuesday, Evers introduced legislation he would like the state Assembly and Senate to approve to provide relief during the pandemic. Assembly Republicans laid out their goals for possible legislation later in the day on Tuesday. The state announced 7,989 new positive tests and 52 COVID-related deaths on Wednesday.