State of Wisconsin Department of Health of Health Services Order #12
Stay at Home Order
Beginning 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020
and will remain in effect until
8:00 a.m. on Friday, April 24, 2020,
or until a superseding order is issued.
A number of questions have recently surfaced re: the Safer at Home Order (Emergency Order #12), particularly from businesses that are not specifically defined or referenced in that Order.
While I’m not the topical authority and simply the messenger, WEDC Secretary Missy Hughes – during a pair of statewide conference calls that were held yesterday afternoon and this morning – has offered the follow designation clarifications:
· There is no requirement for businesses deemed / considered / classified as “essential” to have formal designation letters.
· The same holds true for employees, as they do not need to possess or carry said designation letters.
· The Safer at Home Order (Emergency Order #12) was intentionally written very broad; thereby, permitting as many employers as possible to remain open (with an emphasis added as it concerns WI’s manufacturers and their supply chains) – pending they practice and implement those guidance recommendations issued by the CDC.
· For businesses that are not specifically referenced in the Emergency Order as “essential”, but “self-identify as essential”, there is no formal action or approval required. While WEDC encourages self-identifying businesses to register, this is a voluntary option and not a requirement.
If employers have questions, they are welcome to connect with WEDC through the above online registration form – which is located at the very bottom of that WEDC landing page.
Great resources from Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
We've been working diligently here at the Wisconsin Main Street office to compile some tools and best practices from local, state and national resources regarding the Coronavirus pandemic. Attached is what we’ve found thus far, which includes information, strategies and best practices for both downtown organizations and local businesses.
Download the WEDC information packet here