safer at home

Oneida County will move fully into Phase 2 of its COVID-19 reopening plan at 5 p.m. Tuesday, said Health Officer Linda Conlon.

That means the county’s guidance allows for more people at libraries, gyms, and community centers and participating together in outdoor recreation.

In a decision released late Wednesday, the state Supreme Court struck down the extension of Wisconsin’s Safer at Home order.

The state can open immediately, but counties or municipalities appear to be able to make their own rules extending the order locally.

The administration of Gov. Tony Evers had extended the statewide order through May 26 during the COVID-19 outbreak. Republican lawmakers sued over the move, saying it exceeded the administration’s legal authority to act.

Four conservative justices provided the majority in the 4-3 decision.

The Tavern League of Wisconsin wants Gov. Tony Evers to allow bars and restaurants to reopen May 1.

That’s almost a full month before Evers’ new Safer at Home order is set to expire.  The order is designed to address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

State Rep. Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander) also owns the Al-Gen Supper Club in Rhinelander.

He said the Safer at Home order is hurting businesses like his.

Gov. Tony Evers’ Safer at Home order will be extended through nearly the end of May, Evers directed on Thursday.

The coronavirus-response order, set to expire next Friday, will now go through May 26, unless it’s superseded by another order.

“We can’t think of this like flipping a light switch. It’s like turning a dial. The more disciplined we are now, the faster we can turn it,” Evers said.