Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Following-up on yesterday’s e-newsletter, I’m providing
a much shorter version today with details on the
recently released ‘safer-at-home’ order that Governor
Evers issued today. My phone and email inbox have been
busy with questions about this order, and I’m doing my
best to provide responses to everyone as we gather this
information from the Administration.
I want to again encourage you to visit
state website which provides more information on
each state agency’s role in this outbreak.
The ‘safer-at-home’ order will be in-effect starting
tomorrow, Wednesday, March 25th at 8am and will last
until April 24th at 8am unless a superseding order is
released prior to that date. Under this order, Wisconsin
residents are encouraged to stay at home as much as
possible, but residents will still be able to:
Perform tasks essential to maintain health and
safety, such as obtaining medicine or seeing a
Get necessary services or supplies for themselves,
their family, or their household, such as getting
food and supplies, pet food, and other supplies
necessary for staying at home;
Spend time outdoors, while maintaining social
distancing, including spending time in a local park,
State Park, or just going for a walk around the
Assist a family member in another household,
including older adults, minors, dependents, and
people with disabilities or other vulnerable
Residents are instructed by the order to not invite
others into their homes at this time, and when spending
time outdoors, they should maintain social distancing
from anyone who’s not a member of their household.
Additionally, the order restricts travel to only
essential travel as defined in the order.
Essential business operations, as defined in the order
and on the
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation's (WEDC)
website, may continue, but in-person non-essential
business operations are required to cease with the
exception of minimum basic operations, as defined on
page three of the order, and operations consisting of
employees working from home.
My overview is simply a condensed version of the
‘safer-at-home’ order, which is why I’d encourage you to
review the full 16-page order issued by Governor Evers
his website. Businesses and employees with questions
about whether their establishment is essential, and what
limitations may exist on businesses that do remain open,
can be found on the
website. Additionally, this website has a form that
provides an option for businesses to ask for an
interpretation on whether their business can continue
operating under this order.
Finally, as many of you already are, please continue
tuning in to your local news coverage to learn more
about how this order will be implemented in your
community and what steps you should take to comply. If
you have any further questions on the order or other
COVID-19 related issues, please
contact my office.
Today, the ‘safer-at-home’ order reminded everyone that
just because we’re practicing social distancing doesn’t
mean you can’t enjoy Wisconsin’s great outdoors (while
still practicing social distancing and good hygiene, of
course). The State Parks System, run by the Department
of Natural Resources,
quickly reacted and encouraged people to get
outdoors by waiving all admission fees at State Parks.
While State Parks and Forests will remain open, if you
take a drive to one of these properties, you will notice
some changes. This includes the closure of all park
offices, visitor centers, and non-essential buildings
for the duration of the public health emergency.
Bathrooms will remain open, but may be closed if they
are unable to keep up with a regular cleaning schedule.
Additionally, all campsites are closed for the time
being, with refunds being issued to customers with
reservations, and no new reservations will be accepted
until further notice.
I’m sure you’ve heard this enough recently (including in
my previous e-newsletters), but according to state and
federal health officials, actions you can easily work
into your daily routine will help to prevent the spread
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at
least 20 seconds, and use hand sanitizer between
Avoid close contact with others, even if they’re not
currently ill (known as ‘social distancing’)
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
Stay home, especially if you’re sick or if you may
have a compromised immune system
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw
the tissue in the trash and wash your hands
Clean and disinfect frequently handled objects and
touched surfaces (such as cell phones)
Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask,
meaning you should only use one under limited
circumstances unless you’re a health care
professional to avoid scarcity
To understand the importance of social distancing,
check-out this graphic:
As of this afternoon, there were a total of 457 positive
tests and over 8,000 negative results from those tested
who did not have Coronavirus in Wisconsin. Regrettably,
there have also been five fatalities as a result of
COVID-19. As numbers continue to rise, keep in mind that
increased testing will lead to a better, more complete
picture of the scope of this problem in Wisconsin.
That’s why self-isolation and social distancing
techniques for everyone, not just those who have tested
positive for Coronavirus, are so important.
To see the most up-to-date Coronavirus numbers compiled
by the State Department of Health Services, visit
While it’s important to keep up with the news during a
global pandemic that’s begun hitting closer to home, the
coverage can also cause anxiety, stress, and fear among
Wisconsin residents. If you need to talk to someone
during this difficult time, please reach out to Disaster
Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or by texting
‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746.
Until Next Time
Despite this outbreak, my staff and I are still here to
assist with questions you may have involving state
government. While we may not always have the answer
right away, we’ll do our best to assist with your
questions and concerns revolving around COVID-19 or
other comments and issues related to state government.
As always, please feel free to
contact my office with any questions or concerns you
may have, and be sure to visit
my website and connect with me on
Instagram for regular updates on Coronavirus and
more from around the
2nd Senate District and in the State Capitol.
Thanks for reading!
Senator Robert Cowles
Proudly Serving Wisconsin's
2nd Senate District