'Moving Milwaukee Forward': Milwaukee issues new order allowing more businesses to operate

Posted at 6:48 PM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 20:56:42-04

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee's mayor announced a new public health order that allows more businesses to reopen with restrictions.

It is the latest change business owners are facing. Hours after the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down Governor Tony Evers' safer at home order on Wednesday, the City of Milwaukee pointed to a public health order it issued March 25. That order allowed only essential businesses to operate.

During a briefing Thursday afternoon, Mayor Tom Barrett said the acting health commissioner issued a new order that touches on social distancing and is in line with the surrounding suburbs.

"So I think it strikes the balance we need to strike. And notwithstanding all the very ugly politics that we're seeing in this," said Mayor Barrett.

Barrett says barbershops and salons will be able to have one customer per employee and child care centers can open with restrictions.

Retailers that reopened under the governor's previous direction before the state Supreme Court ruling, can reopen with restrictions too.

"We’re going to stay closed until the end of the initial date of the stay at home order," said Lilo Allen, Cofounder of the Bronzeville Collective MKE.

Despite the ever-changing landscape, Lilo says they are sticking with their plan.

"No matter what the decision was there are some things that just aren’t worth a dollar you know. We have a website folks are free to shop on the website and pick up curbside," said Lilo.

Despite the new order in the City of Milwaukee, bars and restaurants remain limited to curbside or delivery service.

Read the city's full plan, 'Moving Milwaukee Forward,' below:

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