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Sec.-Designee Palm: No Need For Special Documents To Leave Home

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People in Wisconsin don’t need special documents to leave their house, go shopping, or go to essential businesses under the state’s new stay-at-home order.

Department of Health Services Sec.-designee Andrea Palm tried to clear up that confusion during a question-and-answer session on Facebook Live Thursday.

“We obviously really want folks to adhere to this order and to limit their time out of their home to their weekly grocery shopping trip or trip to the pharmacy, but there is not a certified document or particular ID that people are required to have to do those essential errands,” Palm said.

The directive, which went into effect on Wednesday, ordered people to stop all nonessential travel in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Palm said local police and sheriff’s offices would be in charge of enforcing the order.

But in a letter, Vilas County Sheriff Joe Fath wrote people weren’t under martial law.

He said if people are outside their home, they won’t be detained or questioned as to why.

However, Fath said officers would take enforcement action against blatant violations of the order putting the community at great risk.

Ben worked as the Special Topics Correspondent at WXPR from September 2019 until November 2021. He now contributes occasionally to WXPR. During his full-time employment, his main focus was reporting on environment and natural resources issues in northern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula as part of The Stream, a weekly series.