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Gov. Tony Evers announces 'Safer at Home' order coming Tuesday

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Posted at 9:42 AM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 18:32:59-04

WISCONSIN — A "Safer at Home" order is coming for Wisconsin, Gov. Tony Evers announced Monday morning.

The governor said that the order will be announced on Tuesday.

The order encourages people to stay at home rather than make "unnecessary trips." The order, according to Evers, would still allow workers providing essential care and services to continue traveling to and from work.

"You can still get out and walk the dogs—it’s good exercise and it’s good for everyone’s mental health," Evers said on Twitter. "Limit your travel to essential needs like going to the doctor, grabbing groceries, or getting medication."

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"In the days, weeks, and months ahead we will continue listening to the public health experts, healthcare providers, first responders, and businesses and workers on the front lines. And as I listen and learn I will continue to share updates with the people of Wisconsin," Evers said.

In Milwaukee, Mayor Tom Barrett and Health Commissioner Jeanette Kowalik announced their own "stay at home" order, which goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.

"The major goal is to change human behavior," said Mayor Barrett. "Change in a way that is safer for the community, safer for all of us."

People who do not follow the order and continue to congregate in public spaces, such as around bars, liquor stores or restaurants will be asked by police to move, but the overall goal of the measure is that people will comply without law enforcement involvement.

As of Monday morning, there have been 401 positive cases of coronavirus in Wisconsin. Five people have died, and 6,230 people have tested negative.

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