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Gov. Evers says nonessential businesses can begin “curbside drop-offs”

Madison (WQOW) - Governor Tony Evers is announcing a "turn of the dial" toward allowing non-essential businesses to reopen in Wisconsin.

During a media briefing on Monday, Evers announced nonessential businesses will be able to do curbside drop-off of goods and animals.

The governor said this will allow businesses like dog groomers, small engine repair shops, upholstery businesses, and others to open. This means rentals of boats, golf carts, kayaks, ATVs and other recreational vehicles can begin.

Evers said all of these businesses must operate without contact with customers. That means payments will need to be made over the phone or online.

“No one wants to reopen our economy as much as I do, and we're working to do everything we can to make sure we can do so as soon as we safely and responsibly can. That's why today we announced a new order that, coupled with our Safer at Home order that went into effect last week, turns the dial a notch by allowing non-essential businesses to do more than they were able to do before,” said Gov. Evers. “This order means that every business across our state can do things like deliveries, mailings, curbside pick-up and drop-off, and it's an important step in making sure that while folks are staying safer at home, they can also continue to support small businesses across our state.” 

Below is information taken directly from the new order.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Andrea Palm, Department of Health Services
Secretary-designee, by the authority vested in me by the Laws of the State,
including but not limited to Section 252.02(3), (4), and (6) of the Wisconsin
Statutes, order the following:

  1. Minimum Basic Operations. Minimum Basic Operations is defined by
    Section 14 of Emergency Order #28, Safer at Home Order, and shall
    additionally include the following:
    a. Curb-side drop-off. Minimum Basic Operations may include
    customer curb-side drop-off of goods or animals for the purpose
    of having those goods or animals serviced, repaired, or cared for
    by the business. Staff within the business or facility must be
    limited to one person in a room or confined space at a time,
    including a car or truck. Services must be paid for on-line or by
    phone. Drop-offs and pick-ups must be scheduled ahead of time
    to ensure compliance with Social Distancing Requirements as
    defined in section 16 of the Safer at Home Order. Customers are
    not permitted in the business or facility. The business may not
    require a signature by the customer. Suppliers to non-essential
    businesses and supply chains for non-essential businesses are
    non-essential and shall only operate under Minimum Basic
    Operations to provide goods or services to other non-essential
    businesses operating under this section.
    b. Outdoor recreational rentals. Minimum Basic Operations may
    include rental of recreational equipment including but not limited
    to boats, kayaks, canoes, paddle boats, golf carts, snowmobiles,
    and ATVs. Staff within the business or facility must be limited to
    one person in a room or confined space at a time, including a car
    or truck. Rentals must be paid for on-line or by phone. The
    business must schedule pick-up and drop-off ahead of time to
    ensure compliance with Social Distancing Requirements as
    defined in section 16 of the Safer at Home Order. Customers
    must remain outside the business or facility. Rented equipment
    must be cleaned after each use. Suppliers to non-essential
    businesses and supply chains for non-essential businesses are
    non-essential and shall only operate under Minimum Basic
    Operations to provide goods or services to other non-essential
    businesses operating under this section.
    c. Car washes. Entirely automatic car washes and self-service car
    washes may open for service. High-touch surfaces must be
    cleaned between each use if possible, or as frequently as
    practicable.
  2. Safer at Home and Badger Bounce Back remains in effect.
    Emergency Orders #28 and #31 remain in effect and are modified only
    by the specific additions described in this Order.
  3. Duration. This Order shall become effective at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday,
    April 29, 2020. This Order shall remain in effect for the duration of the
    Safer at Home Order.

Clint Berge

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