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Business owners react to Safer at Home being struck down by WI Supreme Court

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Posted at 10:47 PM, May 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-13 23:47:54-04

GLENDALE, Wis. — Business owners react to the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling strikes down the Safer at Home Order. It means any business that was once deemed non-essential can now reopen.

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Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down the Safer at Home Order which means all business deemed non-essential are now allowed to reopen.

A Glendale hair salon owner Antoi Johns said the news of the ruling created mixed feeling.

“I’m ready to go back to work. My conversation for the last month and a half has been I’m ready to go back, but at the same time now it is, are we safe to go back?” asked Johns who owns Transcending Salon and Spa.

Johns says her plan is to open Thursday and to have is to have extra safety measures in place. Those include face shields for her stylists and no longer allowing customers to wait inside before an appointment.

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Antoi Johns shows off the face shields her salon will be using.

“One of the criteria for coming into the salon, you have to have a face mask. Whether you are a stylists or a patron, you have to have a face mask on,” said Johns.

The Wisconsin Restaurant Association president and CEO Kristine Hillmer said their organization is also are putting safety recommendations. Hillmer said with no Safer at Home order there will be no requirements for businesses to do things like social distance between tables or limit the number of customers inside.

“The way we are reading it is there are no guidelines in place. But however, the wise restauranteur will reopen in a very safe way,” said Hillmer.

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Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down Safer at Home so there are no rules or social distancing requirements for how restaurants reopen.

That safety is what the head of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce Tim Sheehy said will be the real key to making sure a business can succeed after they reopen.

“While businesses can open it is consumer confidence and employee confidence, it is the health and safety that is really going to allow these businesses to thrive,” said Sheehy.

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