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Wisconsin appeals court pauses governor's limits on indoor public gatherings

The order earlier this month limited indoor gatherings to 25% capacity.
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MADISON, Wis. — A Wisconsin appeals court has put a hold on Gov. Tony Evers’ restrictions on indoor public gatherings. 

The ruling Friday from the 3rd District Court of Appeals pauses the Democratic governor's effort to control the coronavirus spread pending appeal. 

Evers’ administration issued an order on Oct. 6 limiting indoor public gatherings across the state to 25% of a building’s capacity or 10 people in places without an occupancy limit. 

The powerful Tavern League of Wisconsin immediately challenged the order in court. A Barron County judge upheld it on Oct. 19. 

Wisconsin's Department of Health Services (WDHS) reported 4,378 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases statewide to 190,478 since the pandemic began.

Health officials reported 42 additional deaths on Friday as the total number of fatalities statewide rises to 1,745.