Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle are speaking out on a plan from Republicans to repeal Wisconsin’s Mask Mandate. First News at Nine’s David LaClair shares what some are saying.
“I hate masks! They’re inconvenient, they’re annoying, but they work,” said La Crosse Physician Dr. Robert Freedland.
Freedland knows masks are not a comfortable part of everyday life in 2021. However, he strongly supports using them.
“I’m just trying to be an advocate; this isn’t a political issue. It’s sort of like getting vaccinated, that’s not a political issue,” said Freedland.
Dr. Freedland is one of the Wisconsin physicians calling on legislative republicans to stop efforts to repeal the statewide mask mandate issued by the governor.
Senate republicans in favor of the repeal cite the importance of reviving struggling businesses.
Senator Duey Stroebel said, “It is undeniable, orders from the state and local governments have been unprecedented limitations on individual freedoms. Let’s not forget in October, Governor Evers issued emergency order number 3, which restricted bars and restaurants to the economically unviable level of 25 percent capacity. A law that financially bankrupts individuals by prohibiting free association requires a vote by the legislature.”
Freedland said, “We have got to get people vaccinated, and while we’re waiting to get that 75 to 80 percent vaccination rate, we’ve got to cut the spread. We have got to keep people alive, keep people healthy. That is all it is, if anything I’m against people getting sick.”
Dr. Freedland says the key issue to be focused on is protecting everyone’s safety.
David LaClair, First News at Nine.
Just before 6:00 last night, the Wisconsin Senate passed the resolution to repeal the state mask mandate on an 18 to 13 vote, with all Democrats and two Republicans voting against it. Now it moves to the state assembly for a Thursday vote.