Yes. Under the governor's order, people will still be able to go to grocery stores and pharmacies, and go outside to exercise or walk their dogs. But Evers, in a tweet, urged people, "Please stay 6 feet away from others and shared spaces such as park shelters and visitor centers."
Will I be required to carry documentation to leave my home?
No. 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 outlined in this order, it does not need documentation or certification to continue work that is done in compliance with this order.
Will restaurant take out be allowed?
Yes. Restaurants, which were already closed by the governor for dine-in service, will still be able to provide takeout and delivery.
Can manufacturing companies stay open?
Yes, manufacturers will be allowed to stay open under the governor's order as long as they are manufacturing essential supplies to the community. Please watch for direction from your employer.
What about other businesses?
Businesses will be forced to close unless they are deemed to provide essential services.
Does this order apply to child care settings?
Child care settings are essential businesses and operations. Secretary-designee Andrea Palm’s
Emergency Order #6 remains in effect, with the following amendments:
Child care settings must prioritize care for families as follows:
Tier 1: Employees, contractors, and other support staff working in health care
Tier 2: Employees, contractors, and staff in vital areas outlined in the order
Who makes the decisions about which businesses are considered essential?
The Safer at Home Order lists all businesses that are to be considered essential. We have also compiled a list of these businesses/services below.
What is considered Essential Businesses and Operations?
Food and beverage production, transport, and agriculture
Restaurants and Bars (take-out or delivery ONLY)
Child Care Settings (Prioritizing child care for essential service employees with children)
Organizations that provide charitable and social services
Gas stations and businesses needed for transportation
Financial institutions and services
Hardware and supplies stores
Mail, post, shipping, logistics, delivery, and pick-up
Businesses that sell, manufacture, or supply products needed for people to work from home
Supplies for Essential Businesses and Operations and Essential Governmental Functions
Home-based care and services
Professional Services (legal, accounting, insurance, real estate) These services shall, to the greatest extent possible, use technology to avoid meeting in person, including virtual meetings, teleconference, and remote work
Manufacture, distribution, and supply chain for critical products and industries
Critical labor union functions
Hotels and Motels
Must close swimming pools, hot tubs, and exercise facilities and prohibit guests from congregation in common areas
Higher educational institutions for purposes of facilitating distance learning, performing critical research, or performing essential functions
Are dinner parties and play dates allowed?
How long will the order last?
The order will be in effect from 8:00 AM, Wednesday, March 25th until 8:00 AM, Friday, April 24th.
What's the difference between this stay at home order what was in place before?
People are not under house arrest. The main difference is that businesses deemed "non-essential" will be forced to close.
Is hiking still allowed?
Yes. State parks are not being ordered to close at this time, and are currently waiving all entrance fees. Governor Evers tweeted, "Please stay 6 feet away from others and shared spaces such as park shelters and visitor centers."
What about the April 7 election?
Evers has been encouraging people to vote absentee for weeks. At this time the election will still take place.
Who will be enforcing the order?
This Order is enforceable by any local law enforcement official, including county sheriffs. Violation or obstruction of this Order is punishable by up to 30 days imprisonment, or up to $250 fine, or both. Wis. Stat. § 252.25.
Can I still hold a wedding or a funeral?
Weddings and funerals can proceed as long as any gathering includes fewer than 10 people in a room or confined space at a time and individuals adhere to social distancing requirements as much as possible. If you need to travel to attend a wedding or funeral, you should check before you leave that your means of travel is still available. If travel is to another state, you should read any orders in place in that state before you leave.
What are the Social Distancing Requirements?
Maintaining social distancing of six (6) feet between people; washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer; covering coughs our sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands); regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces; not shaking hands; and following all other public health recommendations issued by DHS and the CDC.
What if I still have to go to work?
All essential businesses and operations are encouraged to remain open, but are encouraged to have employees work from home if it is possible for them to complete their job duties remotely. If you are a worker at one of these businesses, you must implement social distancing requirements as much as possible.
Are landscaping businesses allowed to operate?
Landscape businesses are not considered essential businesses or operations. Staff can perform minimum basic operations as defined in the order.
Can I obtain care or boarding for my pet?
Non-essential veterinary care should be avoided, but you may leave your home to obtain necessary veterinary care and supplies for your pet. Grooming services must close. Pet boarding and daycare is an essential business and operation that may remain open.
Am I able to proceed with plans to move out of my house?
Moving and relocation services are essential businesses and operations.
Will golf courses remain open?
Golf courses are not considered essential businesses. Staff can perform minimum basic operations as defined in the order.