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Governor Evers Declares Public Health Emergency and Mask Mandate

30 Jul 2020 9:35 AM | WPCA Admin (Administrator)

Governor Tony Evers declared a public health emergency through Executive Order #82 due to COVID-19 numbers increasing in Wisconsin. Executive Order #82 includes the following actions:

  • designate the Department of Health Services to take all necessary and appropriate measures to respond to COVID-19
  • authorize the Adjutant General to activate the Wisconsin National Guard if necessary to assist with responding to the public health emergency, including elections and community testing sites
  • direct all state agencies to assist in responding to the public health emergency

Executive Order #82 is effective July 30th, 2020 and will expire in 60 days, unless Governor Evers revokes it or if the Legislature releases a joint resolution to revoke it. This Executive Order is subject to challenge.

In conjunction with Executive Order #82, Governor Evers also released Emergency Order #1, which requires individuals over the age of five to wear a mask when indoors or in an enclosed space with individuals who are not part of their household. The order provides exceptions for eating, swimming, confirming identity at a financial institution, and more. Emergency Order #1 is effective August 1st, 2020 and expires on September 28th, 2020 if no other emergency order supersedes it.

To read Executive Order #82 and Emergency Order #1, please click the links below:

Executive Order #82 - Declaring a Public Health Emergency

Emergency Order #1 - Mask Mandate

These are the municipalities that have mandated mask requirements for municipality employees and/or the whole municipality prior to Emergency Order #1:

WPCA will continue to monitor changes to municipal ordinances or health orders that will affect members and facilities.


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