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Today we highlight a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story about the difficulties and occasional dangers some businesses face in enforcing Gov. Tony Evers’ statewide mask-wearing mandate — the Democrat’s effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Analyzing police reports, reporter Jim Riccioli painted this picture of mask-related disputes at grocery stores and other businesses in Waukesha.
“It might involve threats, direct or implied, to the store or an employee from a customer who disagrees loudly and overtly with the policy,” he writes. “It sometimes involves vandalism, with store displays or merchandise upended. Sometimes, it escalates to the level of an assault, from a simple push to a firm punch.”
Evers’ mask mandate went into effect Aug. 1 and is set to expire on Sept. 28.
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