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Conservative Group Seeks Immediate Stop To Wisconsin Mask Mandate

Wisconsin Institute For Law And Liberty Requests Court Injunction To Evers Order

A sign on a glass door says "mask required"
A sign hangs on the door of a business in downtown Madison on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Angela Major/WPR

Conservatives have asked a judge to immediately put an end to Wisconsin’s statewide mask mandate.

The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty argued Monday that Democratic Gov. Tony Evers doesn’t have the authority to issue such an order, which was put in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

The move comes as the state has seen cases surge.

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Attorneys filed the request for an immediate injunction to block the order in Polk County Circuit Court. It was part of an amendment to a lawsuit they had filed there in August against Evers’ first mask mandate.

Evers issued a new 60-day emergency declaration and mask mandate last week.

Wisconsin ranked third nationwide for new cases of the coronavirus per capita with 459 new cases per 100,000 people over the past two weeks.