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Wisconsin Starts to Loosen Some Restrictions on Businesses

Gov. Tony Evers announced that certain non-essential businesses will be allowed to reopen this week. These businesses must still operate without physical contact with customers. 

The order, which was signed Monday by state Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm, allows outdoor recreational rentals, including boats, golf carts, kayaks and ATVs.

Businesses are allowed to offer curbside pick-up, automatic car washes can operate, landscaping businesses can do work if it is performed by one person, libraries can provide curbside pick-up of books and other library materials, and arts and craft stores can offer more curbside pick-up of materials necessary to make face masks.

Evers is under pressure from state lawmakers to reopen the state quickly, and to consider a county-by-county lifting of restrictions. During a Q&A with reporters today, Evers reiterated that at this point in time, restrictions are statewide.

DHS Secretary Palm also promoted the new Badger Bounce Back dashboard during today’s press conference.

DHS reported 170 new COVID-19 cases Monday, bringing the total to 6,081. There have been 281 deaths, an increase of nine since Sunday.

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