DHS allows some retail stores to reopen immediately

Metro Wire Staff

Gov. Tony Evers on Monday announced some retail establishments would be allowed to reopen effective immediately.

Under Emergency Order #36, signed by Dept. of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm, all standalone or strip-mall-based retail stores can reopen for in-person shopping for up to five customers at one time while maintaining required social distancing practices.

The Emergency Order also allows drive-in theaters to operate with some restrictions.

Evers called the move “another turn of the dial on Safer at Home to add even more opportunities for Wisconsin businesses to get back to work in a safe and responsible way.”

The order builds upon the Safer at Home order and the last turn of the dial through Emergency Order #34, which together allowed golf courses to operate, aesthetic and optional lawn and construction services provided by a single employee, curbside pick-up for public libraries, and every business to provide deliveries, mailings, and curbside pick-up and drop-off services.

Emergency Order #36 goes into effect immediately.