On Thursday, Governor Tony Evers declared a state of emergency for public health and issued an emergency order requiring people to wear face cover when they are not in a private residence, according to a statement from his cabinet.
“We have always said that we will let science and public health experts be our guide in responding to this pandemic, and we know that masks and face coatings will save lives,” Governor Evers said in a news release.
“Although I know that emotions are great when it comes to wearing facials in public,” he added, “my job as a manager is to put people first and do the best for the people of our country.” so this is what i will do. “
The order takes effect at 1
This move comes when the average number of new cases has increased dramatically in the last four weeks and the state is seeing a significant spread of the community. According to the Evers office, there was a 75% increase in cases in July, prompting the order to declare a state of emergency for public health.
According to the governor’s order, face cladding is required for every 5 or older who is indoors, except in a private residence. Covers are also required if another person who is not a member of the household is indoors.
Otherwise, masks are “highly recommended in all other settings, including outdoors when it is not possible to maintain physical distance.”
There are exceptions, including while swimming or visiting a dentist. The order is enforceable with a fine of up to $ 200, although it is not clear how enforcement will work.
Dr Ryan Westergaard, Wisconsin’s chief physician and state epidemiologist for communicable diseases, said in a statement that staying home, social distance and washing hands were effective ways to stop the virus from spreading. But masks are also important, he said.
“A growing body of research tells us that face pads, when used properly and consistently by a large percentage of the community, are extremely effective in preventing the spread of Covid-19 through respiratory droplets,” says Westergaard.
CNN’s Brad Parks and Kay Jones contributed to this report.