His most recent renewal of an emergency health order on February 4 came shortly after the legislature voted to repeal his earlier order requiring face coverings in public places. A state appeals court blocked Evers' attempts to limit capacity in bars, restaurants and other indoor places in October.
Evers, a Democrat, declared a state of emergency last March, which the Republican-controlled legislature never extended beyond its statutory 60-day limit.
"Unfortunately, the ultimate outcome of the majority's decision is that it places yet another roadblock to an effective governmental response to COVID-19, further jeopardizing the health and lives of the people of Wisconsin", Justice Ann Walsh Bradley wrote in her dissent.
Local mask mandates remain in place.
This isn't the first hit the courts have delivered to Evers' COVID orders.
"This is no run-of-the-mill case", she wrote.
"While we work to get folks vaccinated as quickly as we can, we know wearing a mask saves lives, and we still need Wisconsinites to mask up so we can beat this virus and bounce back from this pandemic", he said in a statement. And with the stakes so high, the majority not only arrives at erroneous conclusions, but it also obscures the outcome of its decision.
Almost 60 organizations, including groups representing hospitals, doctors and nurses, had opposed striking down the mandate. In that ruling, conservative justice Brian Hagedorn sided with liberals in the minority in arguing the order should not be struck down. The move would strike down the current health emergency that has served as the basis for statewide mask orders.
The court's majority likened the governor's recurring orders to a game of whack-a-mole in which he sought to dodge the legislature, which opposed his extended emergency powers, by altering each new order even though it was substantially similar.
The case challenging the mask mandate was brought by Jere Fabick, a major Republican donor in Wisconsin who has given more than $350,000 to Republican or conservative candidates in Wisconsin between 1994 and the middle of 2020, according to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.
It appears that the state Supreme Court agrees.
Starting Monday, Wisconsin vaccine eligibility will be open to anyone age 16 or older.