CHIPPEWA VALLEY, Wisc. (WLAX/WEUX) – This morning the state supreme court struck down the governor’s statewide mask mandate. While Eau Claire county’s community-wide mask mandate immediately went into effect – surrounding counties are experiencing different circumstances. First News at Nine’s Jessica Mendoza has reaction from the governor and business owners in Chippewa Falls.
“Their decision was, first of all, I think legally wrong, but secondly did not help us.” Governor Evers is asking Wisconsinites to continue to mask up – despite the Supreme Court’s decision to end the statewide mandate this morning. “We have to continue to do that voluntarily. Frankly people have been doing it voluntarily in the past so I anticipate they will continue to do that.”
Chippewa county health officer Angela Weideman says the need for caution still exists. “With more contagious strains being identified in our region wearing a mask is more important now that ever.”
Mayor of Chippewa Falls, Greg Hoffman doesn’t expect the city to enforce masks now that the state wide mandate has dissolved. “If you do it community by community I know you’d be challenged by someone.”
Leaving those decisions to be made by businesses with different requirements found door to door.
“I think it’s their right as a business owner that if they want people to wear a mask they can have a sign on the door, and they can have masks in there if someone walks in and refuses to do it then I guess they can work with them to make a sale or they can ask them to step out,” Hoffman said.
Hairdresser in downtown Chippewa Falls, Nicole Hollingsworth says it’s not that simple – she was shocked and disappointed to find out what the Supreme Court decided on today
“It makes it that much harder for us to stay focused on the job we’re doing when we have people who are repetitively taking their masks off and putting us at risk.”
Many businesses surrounding Hollingworth’s didn’t want to give an interview but told us they are excited about the decision and haven’t been enforcing the mandate anyway.
“We are not safe if everyone else is not enforcing it as well,” said Hollingsworth. She says she will continue to require her clients to wear masks – and hopes other will too.