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La Crosse County ready to impose crowd limits

Brad Williams

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La Crosse County is ready to issue its own version of the governor’s order on crowd sizes, to limit the spread of COVID-19. 

County corporation counsel Megan Devore tells the county board that the health department will suggest a limit of 25 per cent capacity on indoor gatherings, to be announced officially Friday.    

Devore says the advisory would not apply to government offices, churches, or schools. 

A similar statewide order issued by Gov. Tony Evers has been blocked temporarily in court.

County health director Jen Rombalski says the proposal only applies to indoor meeting places, and it   wouldn’t cover cases where a business sets up an outdoor tent that becomes filled to capacity.

“I would not say it’s okay,” said Rombalski. “But the language in the health advisory would indicate that is not something that we would use the advisory to implement that next stepwise approach that we’ve discussed.”   

County leaders say their capacity limit would not come with any closures or tickets, but it would be more of a warning.       

 

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.