MADISON — On Wednesday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court reversed Gov. Tony Evers' face mask mandate and voted to prevent Evers from issuing any new public health emergencies without approval of the Republican-controlled state Legislature.
The statewide mask mandate was set to expire on Monday, April 5, but Wednesday's 4-3 ruling ends it immediately.
State law permits governors to issue health emergencies for 60 days with the Legislature approval required for an extension. During the pandemic, Evers issued multiple emergency declarations requiring face masks.
Wednesday's decision means that moving forward, Evers will not be able to issue any additional emergencies without the Legislature's approval.
“Since the beginning of this pandemic, I’ve worked to keep Wisconsinites healthy and safe, and I’ve trusted the science and public health experts to guide our decision making," Evers said in an issued statement. "Our fight against COVID-19 isn’t over—while we work to get folks vaccinated as quickly as we can, we know wearing a mask saves lives, and we still need Wisconsinites to mask up so we can beat this virus and bounce back from this pandemic.”
In Wednesday's COVID-19 update, the Sheboygan County Division of Public Health included the following messaging regarding the mandate:
"Regarding the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the governor’s face covering order effective immediately, Sheboygan County Division of Public Health continues to endorse the use of face coverings especially when in public settings and when you’re in the presence of individuals with compromised immune systems that have not been vaccinated."