Gov. Evers Safer at Home Order

posted Mar 24, 2020, 9:16 AM by News Room

Tuesday March 24, 2020 - Gov. Tony Evers today directed the Department of Health Services (DHS) to issue a Safer at Home order that prohibits all nonessential travel, with some exceptions as clarified and defined in the order. 

 The order is effective at 8 am on Wednesday and will remain in effect until Friday April 24, 2020, or until a superseding order is issued.

 Individuals do not need special permission to leave their homes, but they must comply with this order as to when it is permissible to leave home.

 Similarly, if a business is an Essential Business or Operation as defined in this order, it does not need documentation or certification to continue its work that is done in compliance with this order.

 Under this order, Wisconsin residents are able to: 

Perform tasks essential to maintain health and safety, such as obtaining medicine or seeing a doctor;

Get necessary services or supplies for themselves or their family or household members;

Care for a family member or loved one in another household.


Businesses allowed to operate under the Safer at Home order include, but are not limited to: 

Health care operations, including home health workers;

Critical infrastructure;

Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise vulnerable individuals;

Fresh and non-perishable food retailers,

Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food and goods directly to residences;

Pharmacies, health care supply stores and health care facilities;

Child care facilities, with some limitations; 

Gas stations and auto repair facilities;


Laundry businesses and garbage collection;

Hardware stores, plumbers, and electricians;

Educational institutions, for the purposes of facilitating distance learning;

Roles required for any business to maintain minimum basic operations, which includes security, and payroll; and  

Law and safety, and essential government functions will continue under the recommended action.

If a business is unsure about whether or not they are exempted from this order, please contact the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.