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Evers to issue new order extending mask requirement

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Gov. Tony Evers today is issuing a new public health emergency that goes until January and is issuing Emergency Order #1 again requiring face masks in public places.

The current order and statewide mask mandate was set to expire on Saturday.

Evers said he expects the order to be finalized within the next day or two and will it run until mid-January.

Last week, the state Supreme Court heard arguments in a case seeking to strike down Evers' ability to issue new emergency orders.

The court has yet to make a ruling, but if the court rules the governor's emergency order is unlawful, it could force the governor to work with lawmakers on how to address the pandemic going forward.

This is a developing story that will be updated.

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