MADISON, Wis. -- Gov. Tony Evers has issued updated guidance to his order limiting public gatherings to 10 or fewer that will force the closure of hundreds of businesses across the state.
As of 5 p.m. Friday, March 20, all hair salons, day spas, nail salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors, body art establishments, and tanning facilities must close.
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"All gatherings that bring together or are likely to bring together 10 or less people in a single room or confined space, whether inside or outside, at the same time must preserve social distancing and follow all other public health recommendations issued by DHS or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)," the governor's office said in a news release. "Voluntary cancellation, closure, or limitations on the size of gatherings beyond the requirements of this order are permitted and encouraged."
“Our top priority at this time is to keep Wisconsinites safe and healthy by reducing the spread of COVID-19, especially for those who are considered high-risk. With limited tests available nationwide and continued community spread, we have to take every precaution to protect ourselves, our families, and our neighbors,” said Gov. Evers. “I know what this means for our small business owners and the struggles they and their workers will face in the coming weeks, but we are committed to working with our federal partners, state officials, and stakeholders to ensure we are doing everything we can to assist during these uncertain times.”
The governor's office says people should follow simple steps to prevent illness and avoid exposure to this virus including:
- Avoid social gatherings with people of all ages (including playdates and sleepovers, parties, large family dinners, visitors in your home, non-essential workers in your house);
- Frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water;
- Covering coughs and sneezes;
- Staying home when able.
You can see the governor's full order here: