Governor Evers extends Safer at Home Order

Many Wisconsinites anticipated the end of the “Safer at Home” order that was said to expire Friday, April 24. However, “We are not out of the woods yet,” Governor Evers claims. Evers has now directed an extension of the order from Friday, April 24 to 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 26 or until a superseding order is issued.

The order implements some new measures to ensure safety and to support the progress we have made in containing COVID-19.

The Governor stated “A few weeks ago, we had a pretty grim outlook for what COVID-19 could mean for our state, but because of the efforts of all of you, Safer at Home is working. That said, we aren’t out of the woods yet.”

Before the Safer at Home order can be lifted, steps of testing and more robust public health measures must be set in place. “These steps will help reduce the risk of a second wave of the virus,” stated Secretary-designee Palm. Officials believe opening up too soon could increase the risk of overwhelming hospitals, which leads to drastic physical distancing measures.

The extended order does come with some new changes. The order allows some businesses and operation to allow increased service, including:

Public libraries, which may now allow curb-side pick-up of books and other library materials.

Golf courses may now open again with restrictions. These include scheduling and paying for tee times online or by phone only and the clubhouses and pro shops remaining closed.

Non-essential businesses will now be able to do more things as minimum basic operations. This includes deliveries, mailing, and curb-side pick-up. These businesses must notify their worker whether they are necessary for the minimum basic operations.

Arts and craft stores may offer expanded curb-side pick-up of materials which are necessary to make facial masks or other personal protective equipment.

Aesthetic or optional exterior lawn care is now allowed under the newly extended order if it can be done by one person.

Other changes in the newly updated order pertain to safe business practices. Essential businesses will continue to increase sanitation and ensure only necessary workers are present. Retail stores that remain open for essential purposes must limit the number of people in the store while providing proper spacing for those waiting to enter. Stores must dedicate at least two hours per week of dedicated shopping time for vulnerable citizens.

The changes are not only affecting the retail side of our State. Public and private K-12 schools are to remain closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year. Local health officials may also choose to close public parks if social distancing is not being maintained or areas are mistreated. The Tribal Nations are sovereign over their territory and can impose their own restrictions, which non-tribal members should respect while avoiding travel to these areas.

The changes and duration of “Safer at Home” go into effect Friday, April 24 and remains effective until 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 26.