Evers directs DHS to limit indoor public gatherings

Gov. Tony Evers today directed Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to issue Emergency Order No. 3 limiting public gatherings to no more than 25% of a room or building’s total occupancy.

This directive is effective at 8 a.m. on Oct. 8, and will remain in effect until Nov. 6, and applies to any gatherings at locations that are open to the public such as stores, restaurants, and other businesses that allow public entry as well as spaces with ticketed events.

Earlier today, the governor also announced an additional $100 million in support for Wisconsin’s small businesses, including lodging, event venues, and others in the tourism industry, that are struggling in the wake of the pandemic without additional federal supports.

Today, DHS reported an increase of 2,020 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 18 new deaths, and a seven-day average of new daily COVID-19 cases of 2,346, up from 836 one month ago. According to DHS’ Disease Activity dashboard and as of Sept. 30, 45 Wisconsin counties meet the threshold of a very high disease activity level, which means that there are more than 350 cases per 100,000 people in that county. All other counties reported high case activity levels. This means Wisconsinites should assume they will likely be exposed to the virus if they leave home and should practice all safety precautions.