No rummage sales anytime soon, county says

By Brandi Makuski

Residents across Portage Co. can forget about holding a spring rummage or yard sale—at least for a while.

Rummage sales and yard sales were among the prohibited activities listed under Gov. Tony Evers’ Safer at Home order issued March 25. The order is valid through April 24, but that date is subject to change, according to a news release from the Portage Co. Health Department on Monday.

“We ask that all Portage County residents adhere to this requirement to provide the greatest degree of protection possible for our families, friends, and neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic,” the news release said. “Working together to stop the spread of COVID-19 is critical in allowing us to get back to our normal way of living. Please do your part by staying home and not hosting gatherings.”

Even the Village of Park Ridge has called off its annual village-wide rummage sale, which is held the second weekend of each May.

“We will be putting out a community alert, probably tomorrow, saying it will be canceled this year,” Village Clerk Kathy Bemowski said by phone on April 13. “We aren’t postponing for the later in the year, we’re just going to cancel it for the year.”

Violations of the Safer at Home order can be punishable by up to 30 days in jail, a $250 fine, or both.

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