Evers Orders Bars, Restaurants to Close, Limits Gatherings
MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has ordered a statewide ban on all gatherings of more than 10 people as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, and closed all bars and restaurants, except for delivery and pickup orders.
He announced the new limits in an attempt to limit the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Evers also extended the closure of all public and private K-12 schools indefinitely and called on the Legislature to waive a one-week waiting period to receive unemployment compensation insurance.
Evers said he would be talking with legislative leaders on Wednesday about an aid package.
The number of confirmed cases in Wisconsin increased from 47 to 72.
According to Attorney General Josh Kaul, “Violation of the Governor’s order could result in up to 30 days imprisonment and a fine of up to $500. More importantly, it would result in increased risk to the health and lives not only of those who violate the order but also of their family members, their friends, and their communities,” said AG Kaul. “Given the gravity of the situation, we hope and expect that all Wisconsinites will follow the Governor’s order and that there won’t be any gatherings of 10 people or more. If there are, local law enforcement agencies will be the primary enforcement authorities for violations of the order.”
For the full order and list of exemptions, click here.