Wisconsin Assembly repeal statewide mask mandate despite expert warnings about virus dangers

Posted at 9:49 AM, Feb 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-04 17:53:29-05

Note from the Editors: You are still required to wear a face mask in public in Wisconsin. While the Wisconsin Assembly struck down the statewide mask mandate, Gov. Tony Evers has since put the mask mandate back in place.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) —The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Assembly has repealed the statewide mask mandate issued by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.

The Assembly voted 52-42 to overturn the mandate.

The Assembly vote Thursday came a week after the Senate also voted to kill the resolution.

Wisconsin is one of only 10 states without a mask mandate, although businesses, schools, health clinics, churches and other places still require people to wear masks.

And the repeal doesn’t affect mask mandates imposed by local governments. Evers could defy the Legislature by issuing a new order, forcing them to vote again to repeal that.

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