Gov. Tony Evers declares 'Safer at Home' order: What does that mean?

Posted at 6:35 PM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 13:13:22-04

WISCONSIN — On Tuesday, Governor Tony Evers declared a "Safer at Home" order for the State of Wisconsin. But what does that mean for you?

Essentially, the order will ask Wisconsinites to stay at home unless they need to make essential trips, like for groceries or to pick up medication.

You can still go outside, for a stroll or to walk the dog, Gov. Evers says. Those who do not follow the order and continue to assemble in public spaces will be asked to move by the police.

Essential businesses will be allowed to stay open.

But there are other questions you may have. Take a look:

First off, what businesses are considered essential?

Many businesses may still open their doors as they are considered 'essential.' You can see a full list direct from the governor's order right here.

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

In addition, we made this graphic that shows the basics of what is still open and what is closed:

When does the order take effect?

The order goes into effect at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25.

How long will this safer at home order be in effect?

Currently, the order lasts until 8 a.m. on April 24.

Who will still be allowed to go to work?

If you work at any of the essential businesses listed above, you are still allowed to go to work. However, any other business is being asked to close their doors for the time being.

Where does this order apply?

This order applies to the entire state of Wisconsin. Unless you are doing an essential activity or work for an essential business, you have to stay home.

Am I allowed to go outside?

Yes, if you wish to take a walk, go for a run, ride your bike, or take care of your yard, you are allowed to do so. The governor asks that you remain 6 feet away from others at all times.

Who can I interact with during the safer at home order? Just my family?

With this order, Wisconsinites are being asked to interact with as few people as possible. That means you should interact with those whom you live with. Make sure to take advantage of technology, though, and call, FaceTime, Skype, or text the people you can't be with during this time.

Will I still be able to receive medical care if necessary?

Yes, if you need medical treatment of any kind, you will be allowed to leave your home to go to the hospital or clinic. You are just asked that you limit your contact with people if you think you may be sick.

If I work at an essential business, will I still be able to get to work?

Yes, public transportation will still be available during this order. However, it will be limited. Services like MCTS have already begun changing their routes and schedules.

Can I take my dog to the veterinarian or groomer?

Should your pet require medical attention during the safer at home order, you are allowed to take them in. However, any services for your pet that are not essential should wait until this order is no longer in effect. You may still walk your dog, and maintain and mostly routine with your animal, maintain a distance of 6-feet between you and any other people out and about.

Can I go to church?

Large gatherings, including religious services, will not be allowed in order to slow down the spread of COVID-19.

We have not yet gotten all the information regarding this order, so we will update this story as we learn more. Stay safe.

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