MADISON – Today, Governor Tony Evers released Executive Order #82, Declaring a Public Health Emergency due to the dramatic spike in COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin, and Emergency Order #1, creating a statewide mandatory mask order for indoor spaces open to the public. Rep. Greta Neubauer (D-Racine) released the following statement in support:

“These new orders are a critical step as our state continues to respond to a significant spike in new COVID-19 cases,” Neubauer said. “Although we are facing the same pandemic, the situation across our state has radically changed since March. Our community-by-community piecemeal approach, in place since May, has not been effective in containing this virus. We need immediate statewide action to protect the lives and health of Wisconsinites, and I am glad Governor Evers is stepping forward with these new orders.” 

“As we respond to this crisis, it is critical to follow the latest guidance from public health experts and scientists. The latest studies have shown that wearing a mask is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 from person to person and save lives. Public health is a team sport: My mask protects you, your mask protects me, and when we work together, we can make a positive impact against this pandemic.” 

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