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When local law enforcement is more likely to intervene during the 'Safer at Home' order

Posted: 4:49 PM, Mar 24, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-24 19:16:16-04
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Local law enforcement agencies are now issuing guidelines on when officers will intervene during the "Safer at Home" order.

Gov. Tony Evers issued the order Tuesday. It will go into effect at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25. The order prohibits "nonessential travel."

The Racine County Sheriff's Office mentions three separate instances where law enforcement is more likely to intervene. They include:

  • Crowds of people gathering, especially if packed closely together or not social distancing
  • Flagrant violation – such as a bar or restaurant having a room full of customers eating in
  • Employees being asked to report to work in-person where the business is not supposed to be open or appropriate social distancing precautions are not taking place

Those who violate the order could be punished with a fine up to $250, up to 30 days in jail, or both.

What the 'Safer at Home' order really means

Police will not be pulling anyone over to ask where people are traveling, Gov. Evers said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

The Milwaukee Police Department says they will continue to protect and serve during the pandemic:

The Waukesha County Sheriff's Office says they will investigate each incident on a case by case basis.

There are exceptions to "nonessential travel." People living in Wisconsin can still go outside to exercise or walk their dogs. They will also be allowed to travel to and from work if their business is considered "essential" and still open. Trips to the grocery store or to collect medication and seek necessary medical care are also allowed.

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If a business is not sure if they are considered "essential," they are asked to contact the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

The order goes into effect at 8 a.m. on March 25 and will remain into effect until 8 a.m. April 24.

To read Evers' full order, click here or scroll down:

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