Evers Issues Stay at Home Order

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Michelle Phillips

MADISON–In a statewide address on Tuesday night, Gov. Tony Evers asked Wisconsin residents to unify against COVID-19 before issuing Executive order #94, advising people to stay home.

Evers gave statistics on COVID-19 infections in the state and on the day of the address, 7,000 new cases were reported about with 66 deaths and 291 hospitalizations. At this time nearly 2,500 people in the state have died from the virus, and with current infection rates, Evers said that number could double by Jan. 1, 2021 if nothing is done He also noted that it took seven months to reach the first 100,000 infections, but only 36 days to double that number to 200,000. Evers said at this rate, it will only take 20 days to add an additional 100,000 cases.

In his address he urged Wisconsinites to stay home, even though the holidays are approaching, “We must get back to the basics of fighting this virus just like we did last spring, and it starts at home.

“It's not safe to go out, it’s not safe to have others over–it's just not safe. And it might not be safe for a while yet.

“So, please, cancel the happy hours, dinner parties, sleepovers, and playdates at your home. And if a friend or family member invites you over, offer to hang out virtually instead.

“And unfortunately, with the holidays just around the corner, we recommend that you plan to celebrate just with your own household. You can still invite others to join virtually, but we advise you not to go to any gatherings with people who are not in your immediate home.”

Multiple times during the address, Evers reiterated that the situation is serious, and asked people to stay home whenever possible and wear a mask when you must go in public. 

“You can keep supporting local businesses, restaurants, and workers by sticking to curbside pickup, delivery, or using online ordering whenever you can.

“If you need to get out and go for a walk or a bike ride, that’s alright, too–it's important now more than ever to get some exercise and take good care of our physical and mental health.

“And if you have to go out, please wear a mask and stay six feet apart. Wearing a mask is not a political statement—it's a sign to coworkers or the strangers you pass in the grocery store that you care about them, and they care about you, too,” he stated.

The governor also asked business to allow employees to work from home whenever possible, and to follow precautions if they must have employees working onsite. 

“That's why I’m also calling on business leaders across our state to continue doing their part to keep workers, customers, and communities safe by expanding working from home options for workers, offering online or virtual services, and limiting the number of people in offices, facilities, and stores.

“Small businesses across our state have been important partners throughout this fight, and I’m grateful for all their good work.

“And if shifting to virtual work isn’t feasible, please go to WEDC.org to find guidelines for policies to help prevent workplace exposure and to keep workers and customers as safe as possible,” said Evers. 

In conclusion, Evers said he is working to pass a COVID-19 relief package in the coming days, predicting it will be quickly passed to offer relief to those in the state who need it. He also said the CARES Act money provided to the state through the federal government has been used and is set to expire at the end of the year. 

“Here’s the bottom line–the federal CARES dollars we received earlier this year expire on December 31st. That means unless we get additional support from Congress, our state will have to foot the bill for our response after the New Year.

“So, please contact your congressperson and ask them to provide additional support and resources for our state’s response to this virus. We must be able to continue all our efforts to keep people healthy and safe,” he implored. 

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