Governor Evers' Interim Order to "Turn the Dial" Expands Permissible Business Operations in Wisconsin

On April 27, 2020, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers released Emergency Order #34 “Interim Order to Turn the Dial.” The Order, which took effect at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, expands the permissible business operations that were set forth in the “Safer at Home” Order #28.

See here for the full Emergency Order #34.

What are the latest changes in the Safer at Home Order?

Emergency Order #34 expands Minimum Basic Operations as follows:

  • Curb-Side Drop-Off
  • Under the expanded Order, Minimum Basic Operations may now include customer curb-side drop-off of goods or animals for the purpose of having those goods or animals serviced, repaired, or cared for by the business.

    However, staff within the business or facility must be limited to one person in a room or confined space at a time, including a car or truck.

    Services must be paid for on-line or by phone. A customer signature is not required.

    Drop-offs and pick-ups must be scheduled ahead of time to ensure compliance with Social Distancing Requirements as defined in section 16 of the Safer at Home Order.

    Customers are not permitted inside the business or facility.

    Suppliers to non-essential businesses are considered non-essential and must comply with Minimum Basic Operations guidelines.

  • Outdoor Recreational Rentals
  • The Order also expands Minimum Basic Operations to now include rental of recreational equipment, including but not limited to boats, kayaks, canoes, paddle boats, golf carts, snowmobiles, and ATVs.

    However, staff within the business or facility must be limited to one person in a room or confined space at a time, including a car or truck.

    Rentals must be paid for on-line or by phone.

    Customer must remain outside the business or facility.

    Rented equipment must be cleaned after each use.

  • Car Washes
  • The Order expands Minimum Basic Operations to include car washes, provided the car wash is entirely automatic or self-service.

    All high-touch surfaces must be cleaned between use if possible, or as frequently as practicable.

What about local orders in Wisconsin that conflict with Emergency Order #34?

Certain Wisconsin municipalities and townships might have local orders in place that conflict with Emergency Order #34. Wisconsin business owners and individuals should understand that the “Interim Order to Turn the Dial” Order from Gov. Evers supersedes any local orders.

Governor opens Wisconsin State Parks and Forests with some restrictions in addition to expanding business operations

Gov. Evers also announced the reopening of many Wisconsin state parks, forests, boat launches, and hiking trails, effective May 1, 2020, as part of the Badger Bounce Back Plan. There are a number of restrictions and guidelines, however, and restrooms will not be open. See the full press release here.

Wisconsin lawyers to assist with COVID-19 legal issues

For questions about Wisconsin’s “Safer at Home” and all subsequent emergency orders, contact the lawyers at Murphy Desmond S.C.  We can assist with business and personal legal matters that arise during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have offices in Madison, Janesville, Appleton, and Dodgeville, Wisconsin. Please contact us at 608.257-7181.

Published April 29, 2020

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