WMC critical of Safer at Home extension
The Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce released a statement Thursday critical of the Safer at Home extension announced by Gov. Tony Evers that same day, saying the state could have been kept safe while restarting the economy.
WMC CEO Kurt Bauer says a phased, geographic approach could have restarted the economy safely. “WMC believes protecting Wisconsinites’ health and restarting our economy are not mutually exclusive” Bauer wrote in a statement. “A well-thought out plan could have slowly phased in certain geographic areas of the state and worked with specific industries to ensure they could properly protect their employees. This could have put us back on a gradual path toward economic normalcy while taking critical steps to safeguard people’s health.”
Bauer also questioned the authority of the extension, and the reasoning behind why it was made.
Gov. Tony Evers extended the Safer at Home order into late May, but eased some of the restrictions put in place by the previous order.
Governor Tony Evers Official Portrait
Governor Tony Evers Official Portrait
The new order would keep schools closed through the end of the school year, but allows for more curbside pickups for businesses, extends abilities of public libraries to get books to patrons, and opens up golf courses with restrictions. Below is a full list of the changes from the governor’s office:
Businesses and activities ramping up service and operations:
- Public libraries: Public libraries may now provide curb-side pick-up of books and other library materials.
- Golf Courses: Golf courses may open again, with restrictions including scheduling and paying for tee times online or by phone only. Clubhouses and pro shops must remain closed.
- Non-essential Businesses: Non-essential businesses will now be able to do more things as Minimum Basic Operations, including deliveries, mailings, and curb-side pick-up. Non-essential businesses must notify workers of whether they are necessary for the Minimum Basic Operations.
- Arts and Crafts Stores: Arts and craft stores may offer expanded curb-side pick-up of materials necessary to make face masks or other personal protective equipment (PPE).
- Aesthetic or Optional Exterior Work: Aesthetic or optional exterior law care or construction is now allowed under the extended order, so long as it can be done by one person.
Safe Business Practices:
- Safe Business Practices for Essential Businesses and Operations: Essential Businesses and Operations must increase cleaning and disinfection practices, ensure that only necessary workers are present, and adopt policies to prevent workers exposed to COVID-19 or symptomatic workers from coming to work.
- Safe Business Practices for Retailers that Essential Businesses and Operations: Retail stores that remain open to the public as Essential Businesses and Operations must limit the number of people in the store at one time, must provide proper spacing for people waiting to enter, and large stores must offer at least two hours per week of dedicated shopping time for vulnerable populations.
- Supply Chain: Essential Businesses and Operations that are essential because they supply, manufacture, or distribute goods and services to other Essential Businesses and Operations can only continue operations that are necessary to those businesses they supply. All other operations must continue as Minimum Basic Operations.
Other changes include:
- Schools: Public and private K-12 schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
- Local parks and open space: Local health officials may close public parks and open spaces if it becomes too difficult to ensure social distancing or the areas are being mistreated.
- Travel: People are strongly encourage to stay close to home, not travel to second homes or cabins, and not to travel out-of-state if it is not necessary.
- Tribal Nations: Tribal Nations are sovereign over their territory and can impose their own restrictions. Non-tribal members should be respectful of and avoid non-essential travel to Tribal territory. Local government must coordinate, collaborate, and share information with Tribal Nations.
- Duration: The changes in this order go into effect on April 24, 2020. The order will remain in effect until 8 a.m. on May 26, 2020.