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Governor Evers Declares New Public Health Emergency and Extends Mask Mandate

22 Sep 2020 10:42 AM | WPCA Admin (Administrator)

Governor Tony Evers declared a new public health emergency through Executive Order #90 due to COVID-19 numbers increasing in Wisconsin. Executive Order #90 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 the election on November 3, 2020 and community testing sites
  • direct all state agencies to assist in responding to the public health emergency

Executive Order #90 is effective immediately 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 #90, 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 immediately and expires on November 21, 2020 if no other emergency order supersedes it.

To read Executive Order #90 and Emergency Order #1, please click the links below:

Executive Order #90 - Declaring a Public Health Emergency

Emergency Order #1 - Mask Mandate

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