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More businesses in Wisconsin allowed to resume with minimum basic operations

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Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers today announced another expansion of allowable nonessential businesses that may resume with minimum basic operations, but with some stipulations.

Businesses must be able to:

  1. Operate free of contact with customers by providing payment options online or over the phone.
  2. Enact proper disinfecting practices.
  3. Operations must be able to be performed by one staff member.

The following are examples of nonessential businesses that are now allowed to operate:

  • Curb-side drop-off. Minimum Basic Operations may include customer curb-side drop-off of goods or animals for the purpose of having those goods or animals serviced, repaired, or cared for by the business. Staff within the business or facility must be limited to one person in a room or confined space at a time, including a car or truck. Services must be paid for on-line or by phone. Drop-offs and pick-ups must be scheduled ahead of time to ensure compliance with Social Distancing requirements. Customers are not permitted in the business or facility. The business may not require a signature by the customer. Suppliers to non-essential businesses and supply chains for non-essential businesses are non-essential and shall only operate under Minimum Basic Operations to provide goods or services to other non-essential businesses operating under this section.
  • Outdoor recreational rentals. Minimum Basic Operations may include rental of recreational equipment including but not limited to boats, kayaks, canoes, paddle boats, golf carts, snowmobiles, and ATVs. Staff within the business or facility must be limited to one person in a room or confined space at a time, including a car or truck. Rentals must be paid for on-line or by phone. The business must schedule pick-up and drop-off ahead of time to ensure compliance with Social Distancing Requirements. Customers must remain outside the business or facility. Rented equipment must be cleaned after each use. Suppliers to non-essential businesses and supply chains for non-essential businesses are non-essential and shall only operate under Minimum Basic Operations to provide goods or services to other non-essential businesses operating under this section.
  • Car washes. Entirely automatic car washes and self-service car washes may open for service. High-touch surfaces must be cleaned between each use if possible, or as frequently as practicable.

Today’s order builds upon last week’s extension of the last Safer at Home order which included:

  • Opening of golf courses this past weekend;
  • All businesses were allowed to offer curbside pick-up, allowing customers to purchase goods online or over the phone from a local store;
  • Construction businesses may do aesthetic or optional construction work so long as it is performed by a single person;
  • Public libraries can provide curbside pick-up of books and other library materials;
  • Arts and crafts stores can offer expanded curbside pick-up of materials necessary to make face masks;
  • Landscaping businesses can do aesthetic or optional lawn care so long as it is done by a single employee.
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