The original Safer at Home order was set to expire on April 24 in Wisconsin but was extended today.
Gov. Tony Evers directed Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to extend the Safer at Home order from April 24, 2020 to 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2020, or until a superseding order is issued.
Yesterday, Governor Tony Evers told a Channel 2 partner station in Minneapolis,
"I would fully expect that another couple weeks, maybe a month before we are in a position to actually say we're ahead of the curve here and after that we can start thinking about how we can relax things,"
The extension means:
non-essential business and travel in the state continues to be restricted, and
public and private K-12 schools will be closed for the rest of the year
Other changes include:
Local parks and open space: Local health officials may close public parks and open spaces if it becomes too difficult to ensure social distancing or the areas are being mistreated.
Travel: People are strongly encourage to stay close to home, not travel to second homes or cabins, and not to travel out-of-state if it is not necessary.
Tribal Nations:Tribal Nations are sovereign over their territory and can impose their own restrictions. Non-tribal members should be respectful of and avoid non-essential travel to Tribal territory. Local government must coordinate, collaborate, and share information with Tribal Nations.
However, the governor is allowing some businesses and operations to allow increased service, including:
Public libraries: Public libraries may now provide curb-side pick-up of books and other library materials
Golf Courses: Golf courses may open again, with restrictions including scheduling and paying for tee times online or by phone only; clubhouses and pro shops must remain closed
Non-essential Businesses: Non-essential businesses will now be able to do more things as Minimum Basic Operations, including deliveries, mailings, and curb-side pick-up; non-essential businesses must notify workers of whether they are necessary for the Minimum Basic Operations
Arts and Crafts Stores: Arts and craft stores may offer expanded curb-side pick-up of materials necessary to make face masks or other personal protective equipment (PPE)
Aesthetic or Optional Exterior Work: Aesthetic or optional exterior lawn care or construction is now allowed under the extended order, so long as it can be done by one person
Gov Evers also noted in the Order:
Essential Businesses and Operations must increase cleaning and disinfection practices, ensure that only necessary workers are present, and adopt policies to prevent workers exposed to COVID-19 or symptomatic workers from coming to work.
Retail stores that remain open to the public as Essential Businesses and Operations must limit the number of people in the store at one time, must provide proper spacing for people waiting to enter, and large stores must offer at least two hours per week of dedicated shopping time for vulnerable populations.
Essential Businesses and Operations that are essential because they supply, manufacture, or distribute goods and services to other Essential Businesses and Operations can only continue operations that are necessary to those businesses they supply. All other operations must continue as Minimum Basic Operations.