Marklein Statement on Governor Tony Evers' "Safer At Home" Order

Madison, WI – Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) released the following statement following Governor Tony Evers’ announcement that he has extended the “Safer At Home” order until May 26, 2020.
“I believe that it is time to plan for the ‘exit strategy’ from this lock down. Several of my colleagues and I think there is a reasonable way to move forward and get our economy going again while protecting the health and wellbeing of our citizens.  We are not going to be able to flip a switch, so we must be working on this now.

Extending the ‘Safer At Home’ Executive Order today for more than a month may be devastating to the people of our state. I am worried about our health and well-being, as well as the stability of our communities, our businesses and the people I consider neighbors and friends.
Our hospitals, businesses of every size and citizens need to see a light at the end of the tunnel. Every day, I hear from hospital leaders, business owners, farmers and everyday people in our communities who are very worried that they will not be able to financially recover if this goes on much longer. They are worried about the mental health of their neighbors and friends. They are afraid of the long-term consequences of waiting because of fear.
The people I talk to wonder about the data and modeling that is being used to make decisions.  They wonder about the intent of the Safer At Home order. They ask if the order was meant to flatten a curve, or not? It sure appears that we have been successful.  Our hospitals tell us that they are ready to weather a surge in COVID-19 cases if one happens, but they cannot remain on standby forever.
We need to turn our attention to re-opening Wisconsin sooner than later.”