WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) -- Saturday, August 1st, was the first day of Governor Tony Evers issued statewide mask mandate.
Wisconsin joins more than 30 states that currently have mask mandates in effect, as public health officials across the country put emphasis on the importance of social distancing and wearing masks.
There are more than 50,000 confirmed cases of the virus in the badger state, and in the last two weeks, the number of daily new cases is up by 9%, leaving the death count at the 28th highest in the country.
Evers declared a public health emergency and issued a separate order requiring masks with some exceptions, and central Wisconsin residents have mixed reactions.
Although Sue Karau of Wausau was surprised at first, she has come to accept the situation, saying "we have to wear it, that's how I look at it." She went on to say that she knew it was coming, just not when, as "there's other counties in Wisconsin that have it in other cities." She is aware that not everyone shares her views.
"I talked to a friend of mine, he's got different opinions, everybody else has their own opinions," she says.
Andy Meitzner of Wausau is one of many who think Governor Evers made the decision too quickly.
"I think he should've thought it through more carefully," Meitzner says. He then went on to add, "Hopefully the supreme court will slap him down again and he'll figure out how many times am I going to get smacked in the face before I realize this hurts."
Several area sheriffs offices have spoken out saying they won't be enforcing it, but nonetheless, the order will expire on September 28th.