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Back to Business plan calls for reopening WI businesses May 4

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(WQOW) - Last week a statewide business group unveiled the "Back to Business" plan in hopes of reopening the economy three weeks before the expiration of Governor Evers' Safer-at-Home order.

Thursday, during a virtual town hall meeting, members discussed why it would work.

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce wants to strategically open businesses on Monday, May 4 under certain proposed guidelines.

The plan uses an algorithm to determine the risk for an individual business based on a number of factors - including the infection rate in the county where the business operates, the county's population density, and its healthcare capacity.

Businesses would be given a risk factor of minimal, moderate, or substantial, and would need to take more safety precautions the higher the risk.

WMC's President and CEO Kurt Bauer referred to Evers' Badger Bounce Back plan as more of a hurdle to reopening than a pathway and addressed some health concerns with WMC's plan.

"There will be flare-ups. This does not promise there will not be flare-ups," Bauer said. "When we reopen, there will be hot spots in Wisconsin and around the country. This is designed to manage those, track them and manage them to make sure that we're minimizing them."

The plan was developed with input from people in business, government and the medical community.

For more on the plan, visit WMC's website.

Katrina Lim

Katrina Lim joined the News 18 team in August 2019 as a multimedia journalist. She was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey but has lived in all time zones of the contiguous U.S.A.

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