Officials say travel to vacation homes is a violation of the Safer-At-Home Order

Local officials are reminding tourists and second home owners not to visit Waushara County until the Safer-At-Home order, and any extensions to the order, are lifted. Non-essential travel to a second home or to a tourist rooming house, hotel or motel is a violation of the order, which is currently in place through April 24. The Safer- At-Home order is very limited in its definition of essential travel and does not include recreational or pleasure travel. Essential travel includes only the following:


Any travel related to essential activities (e.g. shopping for necessities, obtaining or providing healthcare or human services, working for an essential business or performing minimum basic operations for a non-essential businesses.)

Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons.

Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning.

Travel required by law enforcement or court order, including children pursuant to a custody arrangement.

Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside Wisconsin.

Travel to return to a place of residence from outside the jurisdiction. This does not include returning to a second home for a weekend or seasonal visit.

If you have another residence where you have been sheltering and there is no essential work or other essential reason for traveling to a second home or vacation rental, it is a violation of the Safer-At-Home order to do so. Second home owners and vacation home renters should return to their primary home and should not return to Waushara County until the order is lifted. Please contact Waushara County Health Department at 920-787-6590 if you have questions about whether your travel to the area would be deemed essential.

Waushara County is experiencing an influx of visitors using second homes and vacation rentals. The additional visitors increase shopping at local stores for supplies and groceries, which limit the available supplies for county residents and increase the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus.

More visitors in the county also increases the demand on local hospitals, emergency personnel, nurses and doctors. Waushara County has well trained and capable medical personnel, but staffing is limited and stretched thin during this public health emergency.