Here’s which Wisconsin counties and cities have continued or modified stay-at-home orders


In the immediate aftermath of the Wisconsin Supreme Court ending Gov. Tony Evers’ stay-at-home order, local governments around the state began issuing their own measures. 

Here is an updating roundup of counties and cities that have announced their own measures, or will be continuing to follow Evers’ order.

More: Are Wisconsin schools, bars and hair salons open? What the Supreme Court ruling to end Evers’ stay-at-home order means for you.

City of Appleton 

The city will continue all parts of Gov. Tony Evers’ safer-at-home order. 

Officials said in a statement the city is coordinating with City of Menasha Health Department and health departments of Brown, Calumet, Outagamie and Winnebago. They are basing the order on a template provided by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to state health officers to improve coordination.

Officials said the order, which was signed at 10:15 p.m. Wednesday by City of Appleton Health Director Kurt Eggebrecht, will be effective at 8 a.m. Thursday and will expire at 8 a.m. May 20.

The timeline is consistent with the 6 days requested by the state legislature to allow time to establish statewide rules to safely reopen Wisconsin. 

Brown County

The county is following Gov. Tony Evers’ safer-at-home measures until May 20, public health officer Anna Destree said in a statement.

“It would be irresponsible to do otherwise given the high number of positive cases found in Brown County,” she wrote.

“This virus knows no boundaries, including county lines.”

Dane County

Dane County adopted most of Evers’ order and will keep the restrictions in place until May 26.

Under the county order, worship services will be allowed to resume and won’t be limited to gatherings of under 10 people, so long as social distancing and sanitization are taking place.

Executive Joe Parisi, Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway and Public Health Madison & Dane County Director Janel Heinrich released a statement noting that they were “disappointed” in the Supreme Court’s ruling, as Evers’ order has “substantially slowed the increase of COVID-19 cases in Dane County.

“By continuing to follow Safer at Home and practicing physical distancing, we can all work together to achieve these criteria and begin the phased reopening of Dane County as soon as possible.”

Menomonee Falls

According to village president Dave Glasgow, Menomonee Falls will not be issuing any restrictions now that the Supreme Court has ruled. “We trust the businesses to develop and implement a reopening and safety plan that they believe works best for their employees and their customers,” he said.

City, county of Milwaukee

Milwaukee’s March stay-at-home order is still in effect, Mayor Tom Barrett said in a statement.

The order does not have an end date.

Public gatherings and normal restaurant and bar operations are not allowed, though bars, restaurants and taverns in the city are still allowed to provide takeout, curbside pick-up and delivery.

Elsewhere in Milwaukee County, 18 municipalities and their 10 public health officials issued an order early Thursday stipulating that bars and restaurants remain closed, while public gatherings remain limited to no more than nine people in Milwaukee County.

The county order said hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, day spas, electrolysis providers, waxing salons, eyebrow-care establishments, tattoo parlors, body art establishments, and tanning facilities may open with social distancing and other protective measures in place.

Retail establishments, including shopping malls, may open as long as patrons are limited to 25 percent of the building’s occupancy limits.

“I commend the public health officers representing the 19 Milwaukee County municipalities for operating with urgency to put orders in place that protect our communities,” said Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley in a statement.

Village of Mukwonago

The Village’s state of emergency expired when the state’s order was struck down.

“We won’t be taking any action to restrict private entities from reopening or conducting business,” said village administrator John Weidl. “The Village will have its own reopening plan for all Village facilities and spaces forthcoming.”

Kenosha County

Kenosha County Public Health Officer Jen Freiheit issued an order continuing Gov. Tony Evers’ safer-at-home regulations within the county until May 26.

The order is effective immediately as local officials will on Thursday begin crafting a phased-in approach to restarting the local economy, similar to Evers’ statewide plan, according to a news release. 

“The consequences of relaxing Safer-At-Home before the data and science suggests, would be devastating to our community,” Freiheit said in a statement.

City of Racine

The city has extended Evers’ safer-at-home measures until May 26.

Racine plans to form its own guidelines for social and business interactions and will release information before May 26, public health administrator Dottie-Kay Bowersox said in a statement.

“I do not issue this order lightly, but we must protect ourselves, our families, and the other members of our community,” she said. “A full and immediate lifting of the Safer At Home order would put all of us in danger of contracting the virus.”

Washington/Ozaukee County

Ozaukee and Washington counties have not issued any additional stay-at-home orders in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to block Gov. Tony Evers’ safer-at-home order.

The Washington Ozaukee Health Department is working with leaders of both counties to identify next steps.

Businesses are able to open at this time, but they are encouraged to follow the guidelines detailed in a 44-page “Blueprint for Reopening” document released last month.

The document was designed to take effect after the state’s safer-at-home order was lifted.

The guidelines allow businesses, churches and other organizations to reopen, with suggestions for maintaining social distancing, wearing face masks and disinfecting surfaces.

Restaurants, for example, should be limited to 50% capacity under the health department’s guidelines. Customers should be encouraged to use hand sanitizer upon entering the restaurant, and tables should be spaced 6 feet apart. Condiments should be taken off the tables, and menus should either be sanitized or thrown away between customers.

Gyms and yoga studios should be restricted to 25% capacity, and employees and customers should be screened for symptoms, according to the guidelines. Surfaces should be disinfected regularly, and people should be encouraged to use face masks.

The blueprint plan states retail stores should be limited to 50% capacity. Churches should be limited to 50 people or 25% capacity, whichever is higher, according to the guidelines.

Public and private schools will remain closed for this academic year, according to the guidelines.

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