Nonessential businesses in Wisconsin will have to close starting Tuesday. Governor Tony Evers announced that his new order Monday afternoon and is urging people to stay home to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak. Last Friday, Gov. Evers did not think more extreme measures were necessary, but the rapid spread of the coronavirus over the weekend changed his course of action. In a press conference on Monday, Evers said a list of the exempted businesses would be released Tuesday, which includes the health care industry, grocers, and family caregivers. Gov. Evers requested this past weekend that FEMA supply the state with more protective medical supplies for law enforcement officers and firefighters, including gloves, coveralls, and surgical masks. As of Monday afternoon, over 400 people in the state have contracted the virus with five reported deaths.
(photo from a 2019 visit to Door County by Gov. Evers)