Safer At Home Order Expected from Governor
At 1:30pm CST, Governor Tony Evers is expected to announce a “Safer At Home” order. On Friday, the Governor didn’t think this was a measure Wisconsin would have to take. He anticipated the order could be avoided as long as Wisconsin residents heeded the guidelines of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services urging the public to stay at home as much as possible.
Today, he tweeted that the situation had changed. On Sunday afternoon, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services revealed that there were now 381 positive cases in the State. Updated numbers are expected to be released at 1:30pm.
“We have been working hard to ensure the health and safety of the people of our state as we have responded to COVID-19. We’ve taken important steps, but folks, time is of the essence. So today I’m announcing we’ll be issuing a #SaferAtHome order tomorrow,” the Governor wrote in a tweet.
“There will be additional details soon about what this order means for you, but I wanted to give everyone the opportunity to prepare and plan ahead so you can help do your part to keep our friends, neighbors, and communities safe,” he added.
OnFocus will update as more information becomes available.
At 1:30pm, Governor Tony Evers will be joined by Wisconsin’s Adjutant General and experts with the Department of Health Services to answer questions about the response to COVID-19 in Wisconsin and steps people can take to avoid illness.
As of now, it is unknown how long the order would last. Under the order, Wisconsinites will be able to visit grocery stores, doctor’s offices, and pharmacies, but be required to stay at home for (pretty much all) other reasons. Going outside is permitted, but people are encouraged to maintain a 6-foot distance per CDC guidelines.
Watch the press conference later today, here:
Read the full message here:
We have been working hard to ensure the health and safety of the people of our state as we have responded to COVID-19. We’ve taken important steps, but folks, time is of the essence. So today I’m announcing we’ll be issuing a #SaferAtHome order tomorrow. Here’s what this means ⬇️
— Governor Tony Evers (@GovEvers) March 23, 2020