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Just In: Eau Claire County announces public health order

UPDATE: Lieske Giese provided further clarification of the new order during a press conference on Thursday.

As for what businesses can be open or not, Giese said as long as the business can maintain social distancing guidelines they can be open.

The order goes on to say gatherings of 10 people or more are not allowed.

In the order, you are still encouraged to stay home. If you do go out you must maintain 6 feet of distance.


Eau Claire (WQOW) - As a result of the Wisconsin Supreme Court overturning the state's Safer-at-Home order, the Eau Claire City-County Health Department is issuing its own public health order.

The order is called the COVID-19 Prevention and Control Order.

“We know that our community members, business owners, neighbors, and friends want to stay safe, and keep one another healthy,” said Lieske Giese, Eau Claire City-County Health Department Director. “We really view all of our businesses and community members as partners in this effort to slow the spread of disease in Eau Claire County.”

The order was developed in partnership with the City of Altoona, City of Eau Claire, and Eau Claire County as well as other partners who have been working on response to COVID-19.

Details of the order include:

• Individuals are strongly encouraged to stay at home or their place of residence, minimize travel outside of the county, and keep their number of connections small
• Restrictions for both public spaces and public buildings, such as physical distancing and limitations on the number of people present at one time
• Mass gatherings of more than 10 people are not permitted
• Use of the WEDC guidance for business reopening
• Elderly and vulnerable people are encouraged to take additional precautions
• Under this order, all businesses, facilities, playgrounds, campgrounds and other amenities may open and operate unless they are unable to meet and maintain the safety and protection measures outlined in the order
• All people are strongly encouraged to continue maintaining physical distancing, good hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes, cleaning high-touch surfaces, not shaking hands, and follow other WI DHS and CDC recommendations.

The order takes effect immediately and runs until 11:59 p.m. on May 28, 2020.

This story will be updated with more information we learn at today's press conference.

Clint Berge

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