In a Twitter message, this morning Governor Tony Evers announced new restrictions on travel in Wisconsin. Evers is referring to this not as a "shelter in place" order but as "Safer At Home" in the message. This is a breaking story, details will follow. Under the order, only essential workers would be going to work. The new orders will take place tomorrow. The Governor made this announcement three days after saying he did not think further restrictions would take place, and after legislative leaders sent him a letter supporting the current restrictions but calling for no further restrictions on business.

From the Governor's message this morning:

There will be additional details soon about what this order means for you, but I wanted to give everyone the opportunity to prepare and plan ahead so you can help do your part to keep our friends, neighbors, and communities safe.

You can still get out and walk the dogs—it’s good exercise and it’s good for everyone’s mental health—but please don’t take any other unnecessary trips, and limit your travel to essential needs like going to the doctor, grabbing groceries, or getting medication.

Under the order, all non-essential businesses will be forced to close. Restaurants that are currently providing pickup and delivery services will be allowed to continue.

Local authorities are asking that you not call your local health department, sheriff, or other officials asking if your particular business is considered essential. There is currently no detailed answer to that question, but it will become clear after the order is released tomorrow. Calling government agencies about this only ties up resources that are needed for essential communications.

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Steve Hanson

Steve is a web designer and recently retired from running the hosting and development company Cruiskeen Consulting LLC. Cruiskeen Consulting LLC is the parent company of Wis.Community, and publication of this site continues after his retirement.

Steve is a member of LION Publishers and the Local Media Consortium, is active in Health Dunn Right, and is vice-president of the League of Women Voters of the greater Chippewa Valley

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