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'My Expectation Is They're Masking Up,' Evers Says About Trump's Campaign Visit To Wisconsin

Screenshot / Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers during a briefing on Thursday.

President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, a bus promoting Women for Trump, and possibly other supporters of the president are all scheduled to campaign in Wisconsin next week. However, the presumptive Democratic ticket of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will make their remarks to the Democratic National Convention from elsewhere due to concerns about the coronavirus.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has a message for the visiting Republicans about limiting the spread of COVID-19:

"They have to wear a mask if they're in buildings. They have to make sure their audience is physically distant from each other. We can't afford to have these events make it more difficult for us to prevent the virus from being transmitted in the state of Wisconsin," Evers said. "My expectation is they're masking up. They're going to follow the order."

Evers issued a statewide order a couple of weeks ago that requires the wearing of masks in most indoor public places.

Evers says he will be in downtown Milwaukee next Wednesday to deliver his announced speech to the Democratic convention even though it's unclear who else will be in the hall at the Wisconsin Center.

"I've been assured the venue is all the things I just talked about. Masking up, making sure that people — there will be no people in the audience it'll be whatever media is in the room and that everybody is safe. I feel comfortable with that opportunity," he said.

The Associated Press reports Trump had been reluctant to wear a mask for months but has shifted his stance over the last few weeks in the face of rising infections across the country. He's now encouraging the use of masks if people can't socially distance.

Trump is scheduled to be in Oshkosh on Monday.

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Chuck Quirmbach joined WUWM in August 2018. He focuses his longform stories on health, innovation, science, technology, transportation, utilities and business.
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