Public Health Officer Calls Mask Mandate Repeal “Unfortunate”

First it was off, then it was back on. Wisconsin’s statewide mask-wearing mandate was set to be repealed after the State Assembly voted 52-42 Thursday afternoon to overturn it – with the official repeal going into effect on Friday. About an hour after that vote – Governor Tony Evers issued a new health emergency and new mask order, keeping masks required around the state.

Fond du Lac County Public Health Officer Kim Mueller calls the push to repeal the order “unfortunate”, and says she hopes people will continue to wear a mask to stop the spread of the virus – regardless of whether the state mandate gets struck down or not.  

Even if the statewide order is repealed, local mask ordinances would still remain in effect. Last week, Fond du Lac County Executive Allen Buechel issued a statement saying that masks will continue to be required in all county buildings – including the City/County Government Center.