On Monday, Tony Evers issued a statewide "Safer At Home" order for Wisconsin, going into effect on Wednesday. With the order set to go into effect tomorrow, what does it mean for residents and businesses? The 16-page executive order outlines many details, including the start date of 8:00 am on March 25, and will remain in effect until 8:00 am Friday, April 24, 2020, or until a superseding order is issued.

The order is essentially an order to stay home unless you are performing or seeking essential good and services. Here are the highlighted notes from a press release from the Governor's Office:

Individuals do not need special permission to leave their homes, but they must comply with this order as to when it is permissible to leave home. Similarly, if a business is an Essential Business or Operation as defined in this order, it does not need documentation or certification to continue its work that is done in compliance with this order.

Under this order, Wisconsin residents are able to:

  • Perform tasks essential to maintain health and safety, such as obtaining medicine or seeing a doctor
  • Get necessary services or supplies for themselves or their family or household members, such as getting food and supplies, pet food and supplies necessary for staying at home
  • Care for a family member in another household
  • Care for older adults, minors, dependents, people with disabilities or other vulnerable persons.

Businesses allowed to operate under the Safer at Home order include, but are not limited to:

  • Health care operations, including home health workers
  • Critical infrastructure
  • Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise vulnerable individuals
  • Fresh and non-perishable food retailers, including convenience stores, grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and food banks
  • Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food and goods directly to residences
  • Pharmacies, health care supply stores and health care facilities
  • Child care facilities, with some limitations
  • Gas stations and auto repair facilities
  • Banks
  • Laundry businesses, dry cleaners and services necessary for maintaining the safety, sanitation and essential operation of a residence, including garbage collection
  • Hardware stores, plumbers, and electricians
  • Educational institutions, for the purposes of facilitating distance learning
  • Roles required for any business to maintain minimum basic operations, which includes security, and payroll
  • Law and safety, and essential government functions will continue under the recommended action

The order contains detailed information regarding the exemptions provided to certain businesses. If a business is unsure about whether or not they are exempted from this order, please contact the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation here.

The Governor encourages the public to follow these steps prevent illness and avoid exposure to this virus including:

  • Avoid social gatherings with people of all ages (including playdates and sleepovers, parties, large family dinners, visitors in your home, non-essential workers in your house)
  • Frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water
  • Covering coughs and sneezes
  • Avoiding touching your face
  • Staying home

The order outlines penalties for not following the order, punishable by up to 30 days imprisonment, up to $250 fine, or both.

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