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Emergency order loosens restrictions on Wisconsin businesses

Kaitlyn Riley

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Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm signed Emergency Order #36 Monday that would allow standalone or strip-mall based retail stores to offer in-person shopping.

The order does limit stores up to five customers at a time while maintaining required social distancing. The order also allows drive-in theaters to operate with some restrictions. The governor’s office said 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,” Gov. Tony Evers said. “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.” 

Emergency Order #36 goes into effect immediately. The state did release a frequently asked questions document, as well as guidelines on safe business practices.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in both radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.

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