TMJ4 News hosts 'Safer at Home' virtual town hall

Posted at 9:18 PM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 22:29:35-04

TMJ4 News hosted a virtual town hall Thursday to go in-depth on Wisconsin's "Safer at Home" order and the ongoing lawsuit to try and end it.

Governor Tony Evers, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett took part.

Leaders across the state of Wisconsin are working to figure how we can rebound from the coronavirus pandemic.

"We're starting to flatten the curve with our testing results," said Gov. Evers. "We want to take it to the next step, and that's what our 'Badger Bounce Back' plan is. It's around getting us to the point where we can start to open up various businesses in the state, and begin the slow transition back to getting us to a better place."

Evers said the state has adopted the White House and CDC's criteria to slow the spread of COVID-19.

"It's going to be an all-out war on this sucker," said Gov. Evers said referring to COVID-19 in Wisconsin. "We need to make sure we get it to the point where we can start loosening up our requirements and move forward."

"Republicans want a seat at the table to work with Governor Evers," said Assembly Speaker Vos. "There's no Republican that I know that isn't taking the virus seriously. There's no Republican that I know that thinks we should just go back to normal tomorrow. We need to have a gradual roll-out, and we need to do it in a way that's really orderly."

Milwaukee County has the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the state.

"We've made considerable progress," said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. "Now is not the time to take our foot off the gas. I think this is the time to do everything we can to flatten the curve and squash it altogether, so we don't face this lingering over the summer and the fall."

You can watch the full town hall in the video above.

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