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As state Supreme Court ponders ‘Safer at Home,” Gov. Evers unveils guidelines for businesses

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MADISON — Wisconsin puts out tips businesses can use to keep you safe when they finally reopen. It comes as we all wait for the Wisconsin Supreme Court to rule on the "Safer at Home" order -- which is in place through May 26.

In an effort to keep workers, customers, and families safe as Wisconsin works towards reopening businesses, Gov. Tony Evers announced Friday, May 8 some best practices and safety tips to follow across multiple industries.

The brochures include general guidelines for all businesses to follow as well as industry-specific advice, such as for restaurants, retailers, manufacturers, professional offices, farmers, builders, hotel and motel operators, barbers, personal care services and other fields.

The guides were developed by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) in consultation with the Departments of Health Services, Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, and Tourism, as well as and industry experts and associations.

Some of the general advice for businesses includes:

  • Making sure that employees who are sick don’t come to work
  • Curtailing business travel whenever possible.
  • Promoting telecommuting or other work-from-home arrangements
  • Making sure employees have access to sanitizers and personal protective equipment when appropriate.

Depending on how the Wisconsin Supreme Court rules, that day of reopening could be soon.

"I feel great about it, if the decision is based on fact, the law and precedent, we win," said Gov. Tony Evers. "If it's based on other issues, then we may not win. We feel confident of our chances of winning. If it doesn't turn out that way, it's difficult to say how we will go forward because there's just so many moving parts."

Gov. Evers said the reopening of state businesses will continue to be guided by the health care metrics contained in the Badger Bounce Back plan, which include tracking new cases of COVID-19, assessing available medical resources to cope with COVID cases, and ensuring adequate testing and mitigation resources.

Copies of the guide will be available on the WEDC website.

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