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Governor to Issue "Safer at Home" Order Tuesday; Non-Essential Businesses to Close

23-Mar-2020

Governor Tony Evers is asking Wisconsin residents to stay at home to help stop the spread of COVID-19.


The Governor is set to issue what he is calling a “Safer at Home” order on Tuesday. He made the announcement on social media Monday morning – saying full details of the order and what it means for the general public will be released tomorrow (Tuesday).


Evers said in the post that he has heard from business leaders in the state that it is “imperative to slow the growth of the disease”, and that the “state cease all non-essential business statewide. He went on to say that the bottom line is that “folks need to start taking this seriously.”


According to Evers, workers that provide “essential care or services” can still go to and from work, and he said that people can still go outdoors to go for walks and get exercise – but asked that people avoid taking other unnecessary trips, and limit their travel to essential needs, such as trips to the grocery store or visiting a doctor.

 

Meanwhile, Republican leaders in the state wanted some clarification from the Governor on the “Safer at Home” order. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos questioned the Governor’s move – saying that after taking a measured approach “for days” – the sudden “change of course and lack of specific guidance have increased the level of uncertainty and anxiety in our state.”


“We all want what’s best for Wisconsin. We want people to stay safe and follow CDC guidelines. We would ask the governor to do a better job communicating to the people of Wisconsin,” Fitzgerald and Vos said in a joint statement.


Click here to see what the U.S. Department of Homeland Security considers an "essential" or "critical" worker. 

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