Gov. Evers orders ban on mass gatherings of 50 or more people
MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Gov. Tony Evers ordered Monday, March 16 a ban on mass gatherings of 50 or more people in Wisconsin amid the coronavirus outbreak.
This isn’t a decision I made lightly and we understand this will have an impact on Wisconsin workers, families, businesses and communities, but keeping folks safe and healthy has to be our highest priority.— Governor Tony Evers (@GovEvers) March 16, 2020
More details on this order to come at our 1:30 pm press briefing. 3/3
It will be up to local police to enforce the rule throughout the state.
If a business breaks the rules, there are potential penalties of a fine or imprisonment, but Evers expects people to comply.
Areas defined as "critical infrastructure" are exempt. That includes grocery stores, food pantries, childcare centers, pharmacies, hospital, and airports.
Several other states have ordered bars and restaurants to close outright. But the Department of Health Services (DHS) says they do believe social distancing can be effectively practiced in those businesses -- meaning everyone must be six feet apart from each other.
"This situation requires more than just an all government response. This situation requires the support of all in Wisconsin. And some folks can help best by listening to DHS and CDC guidance on social distancing and staying home. Everyone can play a part here in Wisconsin I’m keeping us safe and healthy," said Evers.
The order goes into effect just after midnight Monday. It will last until the public emergency has ended.