Once again, our governor issues decrees from his mansion for his subjects to follow.
As COVID-19 cases continue surging in Wisconsin, Gov. Tony Evers’ top health official Tuesday unveiled a new statewide order capping indoor public gatherings at certain businesses.
The move comes as the number of coronavirus cases Tuesday again rose over 2,000 after two days below that threshold, and as hospital beds dedicated to COVID-19 patients reached a record 782 on Monday.
Under the order, effective Thursday at 8 a.m., indoor public gatherings of more than 25% of a room or building’s total occupancy are banned. That includes gatherings at stores, restaurants, bars or other businesses that allow members of the public to enter.
The order doesn’t shut down businesses or govern outdoor spaces controlled by businesses. It also doesn’t apply to schools, governmental spaces, offices, manufacturing plants and other facilities only accessible by employees, nor is it enforceable for any events where protected speech is occurring, such as indoor political rallies, protests or religious gatherings.