Wisconsin to allow retail stores to re-open, with strict customer limit

It's the latest 'turn of the dial' on Gov. Tony Evers' Stay at Home order.
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Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has announced that non-essential retail stores will be allowed to re0-open to in-person shopping, albeit with strict limits on customer numbers.

In the latest Executive Order issued by Evers, standalone or strip-mall based stores can offer in-person shopping for up to 5 customers at a time "while maintaining required social distancing practices."

The order, which goes into effect immediately, will also allow drive-in theaters to operate, also with restrictions.

"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," said 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." 

Wisconsin currently has just over 10,400 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 409 recorded deaths, both of which are fewer than Minnesota. That said, health officials in Minnesota believe there may be an undercount in death rates at care homes in neighboring states as they haven't prioritized testing in long-term care like Minnesota has.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is currently mulling the next step on how to "turn the dial" with his own Stay at Home order, and has suggested that small retail could be among the next things to re-open.

Currently in Minnesota, essential stores can stay open, but non-essential retail can only offer curbside pickup, though some businesses have decided to re-open anyway.

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