Does this order change the school closure order?
A previous order mandating the closure of public and private K-12 schools at 5pm on Wednesday, March 18th is still in effect. All schools must remain closed for instructional and extracurricular activities for the duration of the public health emergency or until a subsequent order lifts this specific restriction. Schools may be used for facilitating distance or virtual learning, essential government functions, and food distribution.
Are personal care businesses allowed to remain open
No. All hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, day spas, electrolysis providers, waxing salons, eyebrow-care establishments, tattoo parlors, body art establishments and tanning facilities must close.
Will public libraries remain open?
Libraries must close for all in-person services, but may continue to provide online services and programming. Libraries may be used for essential government functions and food distribution.
Does the order specify places that must close?
Yes. All non-essential businesses and operations must close. K-12 schools and public libraries are closed, with some exceptions including virtual learning and on-line services. Additionally, all amusement parks, carnivals, water parks, licensed public or private swimming pools, splash pads, aquariums, zoos, museums, arcades, fairs, children’s play centers, playgrounds, funplexes, theme parks, bowling alleys, movie and other theaters, concert and music halls, country clubs, social clubs, and gyms and fitness centers. This order to applies the above places and those like them whether they are indoors or outdoors.
Can I obtain care or boarding for my pet?
Non-essential veterinary care should be avoided, but you may leave your home to obtain necessary veterinary care and supplies for your pet. Grooming services must close. Pet boarding and daycare is an essential business and operation that may remain open.
Am I able to proceed with plans to move out of my house?
Moving and relocation services are essential businesses and operations.
Will golf courses remain open?
Golf courses are not considered essential businesses. Staff can perform minimum basic operations as defined in the order.
Are landscaping businesses allowed to operate?
Landscape businesses are not considered essential businesses or operations. Staff can perform minimum basic operations as defined in the order.
Can local government bodies continue to conduct business?
All state, tribal, and local essential governmental functions can continue. This means that government bodies should continue all functions needed to ensure the continuing operation of the government body and provide and support the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Each government body is responsible for determining what functions, if any are necessary and identify employees and contractors necessary to perform those functions.
Government bodies should continue to follow the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Office of Open Government guidance regarding holding government meetings, and should consult directly with that office regarding specific open meetings questions.
My local government also issued an order like this. Which one do I follow?
You must follow the statewide order issued by DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm. If a local order conflicts with the statewide order, you must follow the statewide order.
How will this order be enforced?
This order is enforceable by any local law enforcement official, including county sheriffs. Violation or obstruction of this order is punishable by imprisonment, fines, or both. Wis. Stat. § 252.25.