Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers will issue a “Stay at Home” order Tuesday for all non-essential state businesses. In Milwaukee, Mayor Tom Barrett announced the city is issuing a “stay at home” order effective today, March 23. The order is modeled after those that are already in effect in other states.
But Barrett noted the city order isn’t telling residents to shelter in place, but an effort to create a safer
community, not to alarm anyone. He said officials are closely monitoring the growth of COVID-19 cases in the city and Milwaukee county. The order is meant to slow the virus’ growth.
The mayor said the city order is taking place a day ahead of the governor’s because the city and county are the places where there are more cases than anywhere else in the state.
The mayor also stressed residents shouldn’t make a mad rush to the food stores, that they will still be able to go and get food. They can also continue taking walks, jogging, or walking their dogs.
Calling it a “#SaferAtHome” order, Evers said his decision comes after consultation with public health experts, business leaders, and local elected officials across Wisconsin. Evers revealed the aforementioned entities told him it is an all-hands-on-deck approach is needed to stopping the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin.
“Issuing a #SaferAtHome order isn’t something I thought we’d have to do, and it’s not something I take lightly,” Evers said in a tweet thread. “But here’s the bottom line: folks need to start taking this seriously.”
The governor said people need to limit their interactions, recommending they only have contact with the same individuals and not different small groups. They should also not schedule play dates or sleep overs, or dinner parties, etc.
Source for this article: WMTV, Madison, WI. and Fox6Now.com