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Wisconsin governor extends ‘Safer at Home’ order until May 26

By Jim Hagerty

ROCKFORD – Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D), on Thursday, extended the Safer at Home order to May 26.

The governor’s previous order was set to expire April 24. Evers said the order, which restricted travel and kept non-essential businesses closed, was working, however, Wisconsin is not “out of the woods just yet,” in terms of new cases of COVID-19.

“As I’ve said all along, we are going to rely on the science and public health experts to guide us through this challenge,” Evers told  2 WBAY. “So, as we extend Safer at Home, I need all of you to continue doing the good work you’ve been doing so we can keep our families, our neighbors, and our communities safe, and get through this storm together.”

Wisconsin’s new order does allow some non-essential businesses and services to operate. Golf course may open but their clubhouses must remain closed and tee times must be reserved by phone or online. Public libraries may offer curbside pickup.

Non-essential businesses may open for “minimum basic operations”under the new measure. They may offer delivery, curbside pickup, and mailings, the order states.

Wisconsin’s public schools will remain closed for the rest of the year.

As of this report, 3,721 people in Wisconsin have tested positive for COVID-19. There have been 182 deaths.

Read the order 

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