Safer at Home Order


Earlier this week the Evers administration released what they are calling a “Safer at Home” emergency order, which will now be in effect until 8am on Friday, April 24th. The order requires Wisconsinites to stay in their homes as much as possible. It is important to know that you do not need special permission to leave home, and essential businesses do not special documentation to remain open. Here’s a list of things you can keep leaving home to do:

  • Perform tasks essential to maintaining health and safety (going to the doctor, pharmacy, etc.)
  • Get necessary services or supplies (food, household goods, gas, etc.)
  • Care for or transport a family member in another household, or a vulnerable person
  • Work at an essential business or perform an essential government function
  • Engage in outdoor activity (go for a walk, bike ride, to a park, etc.)

If you do venture out, the CDC recommends you practice social distancing whenever possible. Wash your hands thoroughly, cover coughs and sneezes, and maintain a distance of six feet between you and the nearest person.

If you are a business owner and have questions about the emergency order, visit: https://wedc.org/essentialbusiness/.

Consider Voting Absentee

I have been hearing from an increasing number of you with concerns relating to the April 7th election.

If you would like to vote by mail, it is not too late to request an absentee ballot. If you need to register to vote first, a federal court extended the online voter registration deadline to March 30th. To register or request an absentee ballot, visit www.myvote.wi.gov.

Additionally, I wanted to pass along some information from the Oak Creek and South Milwaukee city clerks.

City of Oak Creek

In-person voter registration, absentee ballot requests and in-person early voting is all being facilitated at the Oak Creek City Clerk’s office by appointment. You can call for an appointment at (414) 766-7023.

City of South Milwaukee

Absentee voting is being conducted as always at the South Milwaukee City Clerk’s office, Weekdays from 7:30am-4pm. The city has taken many precautions to ensure early voting is safe. More information is available here.

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Get some fresh air! 


Earlier this week the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) confirmed that parks, trails and restrooms will remain open during “Safer at Home.” The DNR has also announced that all fees will be waived! “Safer at Home” does not prevent you from spending time outdoors. I encourage you to get some fresh air and enjoy some outdoor activities! Just remember, park goers are encouraged to continue following social distancing guidelines in the parks.

Special Shopping Accommodations for Seniors 

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Above is a list of grocery stores in our community that are offering special shopping hours to seniors. Most stores are also offering the considerations to other populations deemed at higher risk for severe illness caused by COVID-19 (per the CDC), including those with certain underlying health conditions, people who are immunocompromised and pregnant women.

Additionally, Meijer is offering special hours for essential service workers from 7-8am on Mondays and Wednesdays.

How You Can Help

  • Help your favorite small businesses. Grab a meal or snack for take-out or shop online from local businesses to help them stay afloat and in good spirits during this time of uncertainty.
  • Limit stockpiling of food and other supplies – grocery stores and pharmacies will remain open.
  • Donate blood if you are healthy. The Safer at Home order does not prevent you from making a lifesaving donation. Sites are taking extra precautions to ensure giving blood is safe for donors. Find a blood donation location that’s convenient for you by visiting https://www.redcrossblood.org/ or https://donor.bcw.edu/donor/schedules/zip.
  • Donate to food banks or local charities.