Mayor Barrett, County Executive Crowley react to lawsuit challenging statewide mask mandate

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and County Executive David Crowley are reacting to a lawsuit that was filed Tuesday that could end the statewide mask mandate if successful. 

The lawsuit was filed by the conservative law firm Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) on behalf of three Wisconsin residents. 

"Their attacks on the state action, I don’t think that it would have any impact on the action taken by the Common Council that I signed into law," said Mayor Barrett. 

The Milwaukee Common Council passed a mask ordinance last month

Other municipalities in Milwaukee County, like Whitefish Bay and Shorewood, also passed mask ordinances prior to the state mandate, but others did not. 

"It would cause us great concern in Milwaukee County. We don’t have a health department to put in any type of guidelines or a mask mandate so we don’t need the wild wild west when it comes down to a masking order," County Executive David Crowley said. 

Crowley said he would work with village presidents and mayors if the statewide mandate were to be struck down. 

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