Details: Wis. "Safer at Home" order may last one month

Updated: March 24, 2020 10:45 PM

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has released details of his "Safer at Home" order, which is now scheduled to take effect at 8 a.m. Wednesday and may remain in effect for a month.

The order prohibits all nonessential travel, with some exceptions.  Evers said the order will remain in effect until 8 a.m. on April 24 unless he issues another order ending it earlier.

LINK: Read the "Safer at Home" order

According to the governor's office:

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 defined in this order, it does not need documentation or certification to continue its work that is done in compliance with this order.
Under this order, Wisconsin residents are able to: 

  • Perform tasks essential to maintain health and safety, such as obtaining medicine or seeing a doctor;
  • Get necessary services or supplies for themselves or their family or household members, such as getting food and supplies, pet food and supplies necessary for staying at home;
  • Care for a family member in another household; and 
  • Care for older adults, minors, dependents, people with disabilities or other vulnerable persons.

Businesses allowed to operate under the Safer at Home order include, but are not limited to: 

  • Health care operations, including home health workers;
  • Critical infrastructure;
  • Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise vulnerable individuals;
  • Fresh and non-perishable food retailers, including convenience stores, grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and food banks;
  • Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food and goods directly to residences;
  • Pharmacies, health care supply stores and health care facilities;
  • Child care facilities, with some limitations; 
  • Gas stations and auto repair facilities;
  • Banks;
  • Laundry businesses, dry cleaners and services necessary for maintaining the safety, sanitation and essential operation of a residence, including garbage collection;
  • Hardware stores, plumbers, and electricians;
  • Educational institutions, for the purposes of facilitating distance learning;
  • Roles required for any business to maintain minimum basic operations, which includes security, and payroll; and  
  • Law and safety, and essential government functions will continue under the recommended action.

Additional details are available in the full order posted on the governor's website.

Evers said businesses with questions about whether they are considered essential should contact the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation at this link.  (The website was in high demand and not loading shortly after Evers' announcement.)

Evers will provide details and answer questions about the order in a 1:30 news conference that will be carried live on WDIO-TV,, and the WDIO apps.

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