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Gov. Tony Evers: No plans for shelter-in-place order in Wisconsin

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Posted at 5:09 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 18:34:36-04

At an afternoon news conference, Gov. Tony Evers said he did not have plans to issue a shelter-in-place order, a step some areas of the country have taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Evers said he was confident Wisconsin's current approach of banning public gatherings of 10 or more would do enough to help flatten the curve and reduce the spread of the virus.

"We do not have plans to shelter in place," the governor said. "We think what we have going right now works, and will continue to work."

The governor did, however, release an update to his current order Friday which will require all hair salons, day spas, nail salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors, body art establishments, and tanning facilities to close as of 5 p.m.

The governor also reiterated that Wisconsinites should wash their hands frequently, practice social distancing, and stay at home if they are sick.

Six southern California counties with a population of several million people were given such a shelter-in-place order last week. On Thursday night, California Gov. Gavin Newsom put in place a "stay at home" order for the entire state.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday said he is ordering all workers in non-essential businesses in the state to stay home to help combat the spread of COVID-19.

The mandate will exclude pharmacies, grocery stores and other essential industries, according to Cuomo. The governor also announced that he's banning gatherings statewide. Non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size or for any reason are canceled or postponed.

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