March 17, 2020
Governor Evers has announced that the State
Department of Health Services has established a moratorium on public or private
mass gatherings of 10 people or more beginning at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, March 17th.
Restaurants and bars must close dining facilities. Carry out and delivery food
is permitted as well as alcohol sales for consumption off the premise as long
as the sale occurs on the premise.
They can remain open for carry-out and delivery services if:
- No seating is provided
- Food is not consumed on the premise
- Preserve social distancing of 6 feet between customers during pickup
- Carry out food is permitted
- Carry out alcohol sales are permitted
The Governor will be sitting down with Legislative leaders tomorrow to discuss using the state surplus to assist businesses and employees during this time of economic disruption. Evers specifically mentioned two proposals related to unemployment for Wisconsin workers. His administration will be suspending the work search requirements related to unemployment, and will be asking the Legislature to take up legislation immediately to eliminate the 1 week waiting period to become eligible for unemployment.
The DHS order can be found here.