Coronavirus infection rates are beginning to drop across the nation, but some Democrat governors are clamping down on stay-at-home orders.
Wisconson Gov. Tony Evers’ (D) administration tried to extend the state’s lockdown until the end of May, but the State’s Supreme Court just struck down the order, ruling that it “exceeded the statutory authority” under state law.
Chief Justice Patience Roggensack rebuked Andrea Palm, secretary of the state’s Department of Health and Human Services after she announced in mid-April that the “Safer at Home” order’s expiration date would be pushed to May 26.
Roggensack said that “confining all people to their homes, forbidding travel and closing businesses” under the lockdown extension is “unenforceable,” and said that “because Palm did not follow the law in creating Order 28, there can be no criminal penalties for violations of her order.”
The court, in a 4-3 decision, declared Palm’s order “unlawful, invalid, and unenforceable,” essentially re-opening the state.
Fox News reported that “several bars across Wisconsin were flooded with patrons just hours after the state Supreme Court issued [the] ruling.”
Evers said in the aftermath of the ruling that “Republican legislators convinced four members of the state Supreme Court to throw the state into chaos. They have provided no plan. There’s no question among anybody that people are going to get sick. Republicans own that chaos.”
According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, out of 117,111 tests conducted in the state, 10,902 cases have been confirmed, resulting in 421 deaths since the beginning of the outbreak.