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Wisconsin's governor makes face coverings mandatory in indoor spaces

July 31, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Wisconsin is one of the latest states to require citizens to wear a face covering when they're indoors in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

(CNN)Wisconsin is one of the latest states to require citizens to wear a face covering when they're indoors in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

On Thursday, Gov. Tony Evers declared a public health emergency and issued an emergency order mandating people wear a face covering when not in a private residence, according to a statement from his office.

"We've said all along that we're going to let science and public health experts be our guide in responding to this pandemic, and we know that masks and face coverings will save lives," Gov. Evers said in the news release.

"While I know emotions are high when it comes to wearing face coverings in public," he added, "my job as governor is to put people first and to do what's best for the people of our state, so that's what I am going to do. "

According to Evers' office, there was a 75% increase in cases in July, prompting the order declaring a public health emergency.

More and more states are mandating masks and face coverings to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, including just this month Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Colorado, among others.

According to the governor's order, face coverings are required for anyone 5 or older who is in an enclosed space, except for a private residence.

"A growing number of scientific studies tell us that face coverings, when used correctly and consistently by a large percentage of the community, are extremely effective for preventing the spread of Covid-19 through respiratory droplets," Westergaard said.

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