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Today we highlight a Wisconsin State Journal story about local governments that are refusing to enforce Gov. Tony Evers’ statewide indoor mask mandate at public meetings, creating the risk of spreading the coronavirus to attendees.
“Spotty internet connectivity in parts of rural southwest Wisconsin can make online meetings impossible,” Chris Rickert reports. “And local resistance to the mask order combined with doubts about the effectiveness of masks to stem the spread of the coronavirus means some residents are risking their health just to see what their government officials are up to, a burden one expert said likely violates the state’s open meetings law.”
The mask-eschewing local bodies holding in-person meetings include village boards in: Ontario (Vernon County), Soldiers Grove (Crawford County) and Wilton (Monroe County), Rickert reports.
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