Wisconsin Issues Safer At Home Order in Response to COVID-19

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March 24, 2020
Rebecca Dobbs Bush
SmithAmundsen Labor & Employment Alert
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On March 24, 2020, Governor Tony Evers issued Emergency Order #12 entitled “Safer At Home Order.” The Order goes into effect at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 and will remain in effect until 8:00 a.m. on Friday, April 24, 2020.  Until then, all individuals present within the State of Wisconsin are ordered to stay at home and may only leave their homes for the following functions as defined in the Order: 1) Essential Activities; 2) Essential Governmental Functions; 3) to operate Essential Businesses and Operations; and 3) to perform non-essential Minimum Basic Operations; 4) Essential Travel; or 5) Special Situations.

Individuals are allowed to leave their home or residence to perform the following Essential Activities:

Essential Businesses and Operations may stay open provided they comply with Social Distancing Requirements as defined in the Order. Essential Businesses and Operations, include:

There is also a process available to apply to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation if a business believes it has been inappropriately excluded from the definition of essential.

Non-essential business operations must cease.  However, those businesses may have their employees work from home where possible and are allowed to maintain Minimum Basic Operations, including minimum necessary activities to maintain inventory, preserve equipment and facilitate employees being able to continue to work remotely from their residences.

All business (essential and non-essential) must, to the greatest extent possible, use technology to avoid meeting in person. No business in the State of Wisconsin may engage in door-to-door solicitation. Social Distancing Requirements include maintaining six feet between people; washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer, regularly cleaning high touch services, and following all other public health recommendations issued by the DHS and the CDC.

As Governor Evers summarized at the end of his press conference clarifying the Order, “No potlucks, play dates or dinner parties. And, if you have to go out, please stay 6 feet away from each other.”