Gov. Tony Evers to order Wisconsinites to stay at home, will close non-essential businesses and urging people to stay at home to slow the spread of the Corona virus that has killed 4 people in the state and infected at least nearly 400.
The governor’s order will require nearly all workers in the state to work remotely or potentially lose their jobs by closing all workplaces that aren’t deemed essential. Restaurants and bars may stay open but only for delivery and curbside pick-up orders.
Evers tweeted Monday that he would be signing the order on Tuesday. It comes after Evers already ordered K-12 schools and a host of other businesses closed, including bars, restaurants and hair salons, and limited gatherings to no more than 10 people.
But the newer, tighter restriction mirrors what other states have done, including neighboring Illinois.
Citing an increased risk of exposure, the city of Milwaukee has ended in-person early voting, but is still accepting absentee ballots by mail. The city said its Election Commission can no longer maintain sufficient staffing levels to keep the three early voting sites operating safely.
Scores of local leaders sent Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers a letter Sunday warning him that the state isn’t doing enough to protect voters from the coronavirus as the April 7 election approaches.
Evers Says He’s Not Planning To Issue Shelter-In-Place Order
As the number of COVID-19 cases continue to steadily increase in Wisconsin, Gov. Tony Evers says he doesn’t plan on issuing a shelter-in-place order, similar to those put forth in Illinois and California.
During a statewide call with media Friday afternoon, Evers said as long as people continue practicing good hygiene and social distancing, he believes current procedures can remain intact.
“We believe that what we have in place now works, and will continue to work,” Evers said.