UPDATED 1:25 PM PT – Friday, February 5, 2021
Gov. Tony Evers (D-Wis.) is receiving backlash for reissuing a statewide mask order. The Wisconsin governor issued the order on Thursday, defying the Republican-controlled Legislature’s vote to repeal his previous mandate to wear face coverings in public places.
That’s why I am once again issuing a statewide public health emergency and order requiring face coverings. Wearing a mask is the most basic thing we can do to keep each other safe. Wearing a mask saves lives. Let’s keep working together, Wisconsin.
— Governor Tony Evers (@GovEvers) February 4, 2021
The Wisconsin State Assembly released a statement, saying Evers has abused his limited authority for far too long by repeatedly issuing unlawful orders.
Overturning the @GovEvers emergency order is not about masks. People should wear masks to protect themselves & others. Statute 323.10 is clear that an order shall not exceed 60 days without consent of the legislature, which he didn’t seek. Full letter➡️ https://t.co/AxCgNYb6YI
— Wisconsin Assembly GOP (@WIAssemblyGOP) February 4, 2021
Evers said his first priority is to keep people safe.
“We know that wearing face coverings can save lives and prevent death,” Evers stated. “We know it’s supported by science and the CDC.”
State Sen. Steve Nass (R-Wis.) is drafting another resolution to repeal the governor’s new order. He is also considering asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to take emergency action.