Gov. Tony Evers said he plans to issue a “stay-at-home” order Tuesday that could temporarily close more businesses in an effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.
While details of the forthcoming order were scant, the governor stressed that grocery stores and pharmacies would remain open, along with other businesses deemed “essential.”
“There’s going to be a large number of businesses that will still remain open,” Evers told reporters at a media briefing Monday.
But other businesses might be forced to close, a move Evers said was urged by health care professionals who are worried that people aren’t taking the coronavirus seriously enough right now.
“They have significantly suggested to me that this is the best way to curb the virus,” Evers said. “That we’re not getting to the point where we want it to be.”
Evers repeatedly declined to offer more details on the order Monday, saying they were still in the works.
The announcement comes almost a week after Evers ordered all Wisconsin bars and restaurants to close everything but takeout and delivery service. The governor’s chief legal counsel said he expected restrictions on those businesses would remain largely the same, meaning takeout and delivery could continue.
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