Another "Turn of the Dial" Monday, May 11, 2020
Gov. Tony Evers announced another turn of the dial on Safer at Home.
Emergency Order #36, was signed Monday by Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm. It allows all standalone or strip-mall based retail stores to offer in-person shopping for up to five customers at a time while maintaining required social distancing practices. It went into effect immediately.
In-person retail. Standalone or strip mall-based retail stores with an entrance or entrances to the outside may offer in-person shopping for up to five customers at a time. Any entrances through a mall or interconnected passage must be closed to the public. Stores relying exclusively on mall or interconnected passage entrances may not offer in-person retail under this section. Face coverings are strongly encouraged for all staff and customers. Social Distancing Requirements, must be observed at all times. If the retail store is unable for any reason to observe Social Distancing Requirements between all customers and staff, the store must limit its occupancy to less than five customers to ensure observance with Social Distancing Requirements. Additionally, all stores operating under this section must establish lines outside the store to regulate entry with markings indicating where customers should stand to remain six feet apart from one another while waiting to enter. Stores should also use alternatives to lines, including allowing customers to wait in their cars for a text message or phone call and scheduling pickups or entries to the store. in their vehicles. To the extent possible, reservations and payments should be made in advance online or over the phone.
Additionally, the order allows drive-in theaters to operate with the following restrictions: 1. Drive-in theaters may not offer outdoor seating. Patrons may leave their vehicles to purchase or pick up food or drink from the theater or to use the restroom. Patrons must remain in their vehicles at all other times. Any food or drink sales must comply with the Safer at Home Order. Drive in theaters may deliver food to patrons waiting in their vehicles. To the extent possible, reservations and payments should be made in advance online or over the phone.
All businesses must continue to follow all safety precautions and guidelines as outlined in the Safer at Home order.
"In addition to added flexibilities and steps we have already taken for businesses, this is another disciplined turn of the dial that will allow Wisconsin's business owners to safely get back to work and Wisconsin consumers to support their favorite local spots," stated Gov. Evers. "Both customers and workers need to be confident in their safety, so we need everyone to be diligent in following best safety practices so we can continue to move our state forward while keeping our neighbors, families, and communities safe and healthy."