Q&A: Emergency Order #28 (The New Safer at Home Order)
This is intended as an overview. Please review the
Safer at Home Order
for full details and restrictions. Additional Q&A can be found
Q: What restrictions are loosened with the new order?
A: The following:
- Public libraries can provide curbside pick-up for books and other materials.
- Golf courses can open, with restrictions on golf carts, scheduling, and payments.
- Non-essential businesses can do deliveries, mailings, and curbside pick-up.
- Optional lawn care or construction is allowed if it can be done by one person.
- Arts and craft stores can offer curbside pick-up of materials to make face masks or other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Q: What are some of the enhanced practices businesses must put into place?
A: All business must:
- Avoid meeting in person whenever possible, and switch to virtual meetings, teleconference, and remote work (i.e. work from home)
- Comply with all Department of Health Services guidelines for businesses
- Follow Social Distancing Requirements between all individuals on the premise to the maximum extent possible.
- All businesses are encouraged to follow WEDC’s best practices for a COVID-19 response plan.
- Restrict the number of workers present on premises to no more than is strictly necessary to perform the essential operation.
- Increase standards of facility cleaning and disinfection and adopt protocols to clean and disinfect in the event of a positive COVID-19 case in the workplace.
- Adopt policies to prevent workers from entering the premises if they display respiratory symptoms (e.g., a cough) or have had contact with a person with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19.
Q: Are golf courses open?
A: Yes. Golf courses may open, but there are restrictions. Golf carts are prohibited; all reservations and payments must be made online or by phone ahead of time; social distancing must be observed at all times; clubhouses and pro shops must remain closed; and tee times must be spaced to avoid multiple foursomes from clustering at any point on the course. Driving ranges and miniature golf remain closed.
Q:How will this order be enforced?
A: 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.
Q: My retail store is essential under the order. What restrictions apply to my store?
A: All retail stores that remain open as essential businesses and operations must install markings for where customers line up to enable the customers to stay six feet apart and use alternatives to lines, such as drive-up loading and scheduled curb-side pick-ups.
Stores with less than 50,000 square feet of customer floor space must limit the number of people in the store, including employees, to 25% of their total occupancy limits.
Stores with more than 50,000 square feet of customer floor space must limit the number of customers (excluding employees) to 4 people per 1,000 square feet. These stores must also offer at least two hours per week of shopping time for vulnerable populations.
Q: Will restaurants and bars remain open?
A: Restaurants may remain open for food take-out or delivery only and no seating may be provided. Carryout sales of alcohol beverages and food are allowed if permitted by state law and municipal ordinance. Customers may enter these establishments only for the purpose of ordering, picking up, and paying for food or beverage. Food and drink may not be consumed on the premises, neither indoors nor outdoors.
Delivery of alcohol to retail customers is prohibited.
Any self-service operations of salad bars, beverage stations, and buffets must cease. Customers are prohibited from self-dispensing any unpackaged food or beverage.
Social distancing requirements must be implemented as much as possible.