Evers Calls For Statewide Mask Mandate, Goes Into Effect August 1

It’s been put into effect in a number of cities already in the state. Now, Governor Tony Evers has made it official, calling for a statewide mask mandate that goes into effect Saturday, August 1. Evers made the announcement Thursday afternoon, issuing a new public health emergency, along with the mandate for people to wear a mask. It could put him at odds with Republican legislators who have argued masks should be optional. Effective Saturday, people age five and up are required to wear a face covering when inside or an enclosed space, other than a private residence, and around those who aren’t members of their household. Evers recommends masks outdoors when social distancing is not possible. This is a developing story and we will continue to monitor and update.