MILWAUKEE -- The Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down Gov. Tony Evers' coronavirus stay-at-home order Wednesday, May 13, ruling that his administration overstepped its authority when it extended it for another month without consulting legislators.
The 4-3 ruling essentially reopened the state, lifting caps on the size of gatherings, allowing people to travel as they please and allowing shuttered businesses to reopen, including bars and restaurants.
The decision let stand language that had closed schools, however, and local governments can still impose their own health restrictions. In Dane County, home to the capital of Madison, officials quickly imposed a mandate incorporating most of the statewide order. City health officials in Milwaukee said a stay-at-home order they enacted in late March remains in effect.
City of Burlington: No order in place
Cudahy: No order in place.
In response to differing and updated legal guidance, Cudahy is immediately withdrawing
its local action that continued the provisions of the state’s Safer-at-Home Order through
the COVID-19 Public Health Plan for Suburban Milwaukee County, Cudahy Health
Officer Katie Lepak announced on Friday, May 15.
This move allows businesses in Cudahy to reopen without risk of penalty or
prosecution, although Lepak and other local officials strongly urge people to continue
observing the public health guidelines outlined in "Safer at Home."
Cudahy and several other municipalities within Milwaukee County and across the
state issued local orders Wednesday night continuing Safer-at-Home, after the
Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned the sate order late that afternoon.
“The Supreme Court’s order caused a great deal of confusion and uncertainty that has
left us and others across the state struggling to determine how to abide by the ruling
while continuing to protect the public’s safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic, CUDAHY
Mayor Tom Pavlic said. “With the varying guidance and more time to review best
practices moving forward, together we’ve determined that we will withdraw our order
and instead rely on guidance and recommendations, rather than requirements.”
“COVID-19 remains a threat in our community and others. It is our hope that the public
will continue to take the necessary precautions to slow its spread as we move forward
with reopening,” Lepak said.
Dodge County: No order in place
Fond du Lac County: No order in place
Jefferson County: No order in place
Kenosha County: No order in place
City of Mequon:Temporary limitations in place
City of Milwaukee: Local order in place
Suburban Milwaukee County: Local order in place
City of New Berlin: No order in place
City of Racine: Local order in place
Racine County: No order in place
Sheboygan County: No order in place.
The Sheboygan County Division of Public Health issued ‘Safe Restart Recommendations," including:
“Our community has done a good job practicing social distancing, implementing best practices and taking precautions to keep people safe and our number of active COVID-19 cases in check,” said County Administrator Adam Payne. “As a result, Sheboygan County will not be issuing an order to direct how businesses and organizations operate.”
The SCEDC and SBDC encourages business owners to reach out to their lawyers and insurance companies to understand their business’s legal liability during COVID-19. Businesses are encouraged to look at WEDC Reopen Guidelines for best practices; note that these guidelines are advice and not the law.
Walworth County: No order in place
Washington/Ozaukee County: No order in place
Waukesha County: No order in place
Wisconsin Department of Health Services Emergency Order #28 (April 16): "Safer at Home" order
Wisconsin Department of Health Services Emergency Order #34 (April 27): "Interim order to turn the dial"
Wisconsin Department of Health Services Emergency Order #36(May 11): "Interm Order to turn the dial"