Pretty much everyone in Madison and Dane County will soon need to wear a face mask, almost all the time.
Public health managers in Madison yesterday announced a mask-mandate that takes effect Monday. Everyone over five must wear a mask while out in public, at work, on the bus, and even in other people’s homes. The mask requirement comes with a threat of a 376 dollar fine. There is, however, nothing in the new mask order that mentions protesters or how the mask requirement will be enforced among the crowds of people who continue to march in Madison’s streets.
Here in our area, Eau Claire is not requiring people to wear face masks, but the city’s Chamber is asking people to wear one. Chamber President Dave Minor yesterday said if people don’t wear masks, some businesses in the city may close. He says no one wants that. Minor said people should wear masks through the rest of the summer.
On the larger political scene, Governor Tony Evers says he expects to end-up in court if he orders people in Wisconsin to wear a mask. The governor yesterday said he is considering a statewide mask requirement, but he’s not sure that the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s ruling on his Safer at Home order will allow it. Evers says his chances of being sued over a mask-mandate are 100-percent, and his chances of losing in court are close to 100-percent.