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WMC's "Back to Business" Plan

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Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC) recently released their "Back to Business" plan to reopen Wisconsin businesses. The plan was discussed between WMC, employers, and lawmakers during a public hearing for the Assembly Committee on State Affairs. I endorse this plan as the best plan crafted thus far and an excellent beginning point for further discussions as we aim to reopen our state. The WMC plan requires businesses to display to employees and customers their level of risk, allowing them to make their own decisions. WMC sent a letter to Governor Evers and the legislature requesting all parties work together to incorporate this plan. I look forward to working with the Governor on this matter and hope a meeting can be arranged with the legislature soon.

Emergency Order #34

On Monday, Governor Evers signed Emergency Order #34, which does the following:

Pet groomers are allowed to do curbside pickup/drop-off by appointment. Customers will not be allowed inside the facility.

Golf courses are allowed to rent golf carts to all golfers. Golfers in the same family will be allowed to both ride in the cart. Social distancing for non-family members still applies.

Alterations and clothing repair are allowed through curbside drop-off/pickup.

Outdoor recreational equipment, such as kayaks, can now be rented. Businesses that do rentals for such equipment are able to do curb-side pick-up. Sales must be done via phone or online.

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.

All of these changes went into effect on Wednesday, April 29th.

Conditional Reopening of State Parks

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced Tuesday that they are reopening 34 state parks and forests with special conditions today, Friday, May 1st. For more details, please read this article.

An annual park sticker or trail pass will be required to enter. Annual park admission stickers can currently only be purchased from the DNR over the phone (with a credit card) at 1-888-305-0398. The call center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the purchase of the stickers.

The DNR is also working to set up an online system for purchasing park admission stickers from them. The hope is to have that up and running soon. In the meantime, the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks does sell stickers online for an additional donation amount of $10 (for a total purchase price of $38) on their website.

Each park will have capacity restrictions in place. Thus, people may be denied entry if the park is full. Please check the DNR's capacity update page to see if the park you plan to go to is full.

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Game Fish Season

Since outdoor activity is still marked as essential, the 2020-2021 Game Fish season will proceed as planned opening on May 2. All regulations and license requirements apply.

The DNR reminds anglers to fish close to home and practice social distancing whether fishing from a boat, dock, or shoreline. It is recommended that only anglers living in the same household should fish within six feet of one another.

Fishing licenses are available online through the DNR's Go Wild system or at limited essential businesses throughout Wisconsin. Please visit their fishing license web page for more information and find open vendors within your community. At this time, their service centers remain closed.

Regular fishing rules and regulations apply for all DNR properties.

For the dates of other fishing seasons, please visit this page on DNR's website.

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Job Assistance?

With our current economic conditions, I understand few places are hiring at the moment. However, if you need a good source to search any opportunities that are still available, the Job Center of Wisconsin's website is a great option to use.

Upcoming Holidays

  • Friday, May 1 – International Space Day
  • Saturday, May 2 – Free Comic Book Day
  • Sunday, May 3 – Lemonade Day
  • Monday, May 4 – Bird Day
  • Tuesday, May 5 – Cartoonists Day
  • Wednesday, May 6 – Natural Nurses Day (thank you nurses!!!)
  • Thursday, May 7 – National Day of Prayer

For more fun and out-there holidays, visit checkiday.com, a website created by a former Fond du Lac resident!

Today in History - May 1st
  • 1840 – "Penny Black", the world's first adhesive postage stamp, was issued by Great Britain.
  • 1920 – Legendary slugger Babe Ruth smashed his 50th MLB career home run, his first for the NY Yankees in a 6-0 win over the Boston Red Sox.
  • 1957 – Larry King held his 1st radio broadcast.
  • 1999 – Animated series "SpongeBob SquarePants", created by Stephen Hillenburg, debuted on Nickelodeon.
  • 2019 – Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange was sentenced to 50 weeks in jail for breaching his bail conditions in London.