FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     Contact: Rep. Shannon Zimmerman

May 14, 2020                                                                               (608) 266-1526




Madison, WI…Today Representative Shannon Zimmerman (R-River Falls) reacted to the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s ruling that struck down the Safer at Home Order.  

Zimmerman said that the state’s highest court ruled that the Safer at Home Order is unconstitutional and that Tony Evers’ administration exceeded its authority by extending the order until May 26, 2020.  The court ruling does not impact K-12 education, thus schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year.

 “This ruling protects our neighbors’ ability to work, worship and return to a normal life.  It also allows all local businesses to re-open immediately.”  

“I am confident that our local businesses will take the necessary safety precautions to re-open in a safe manner.  To that end, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has developed safety guidelines for business re-opening, I encourage local businesses to utilize them,” Zimmerman said.

“While the court decision is a step in the right direction for the state, local public health officials still have the authority to implement their own local public health plans.  I encourage local residents to share any ideas or concerns about local health plans with local officials.” 

 “As we take the next step in fighting the pandemic, the Governor and Legislature must work together to find a safe, responsible path forward.  The notion of each side developing their own plans independent of the other is simply not a good idea and will not result in progress.  I implore the Governor to meet with Legislative leaders immediately to work on an agreeable plan.” Zimmerman continued, "We should not underestimate the thoughtful and cautious way our local businesses and their employees will approach opening.  These business owners have a vested interest in success, as do the employees that need to get back to work, so all involved will want to see this done right."      

“I still encourage local residents and businesses to continue to follow health and safety protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19.   We still need to practice social distancing, hand washing and working from home if possible,” Zimmerman said.