In the absence of a unified state plan while facing a surge in COVID-19 cases around nearly the entire state, Governor Tony Evers again took action to limit the capacity in state businesses:
Gov. Tony Evers took action Tuesday to limit indoor gatherings including in bars and restaurants as coronavirus cases surge in the state and despite repeated legal challenges from Republicans to such measures.
The move by his administration to cap businesses at 25% of capacity starting Thursday comes as Wisconsin suffers from some of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the country and as the presidential campaign moves into its final phase.
“There’s no other way to put it, we are overwhelmed,” Evers told reporters in a media briefing on Tuesday.
The new restrictions come after the coronavirus pandemic has already clobbered the service industry after Evers barred indoor dining for two months earlier this year and as health risks keep customers away.
“Do I expect there to be litigation on this? Absolutely,” said Ryan Nilsestuen, Evers’ top attorney.
Nilsestuen said the administration believes the order is lawful because the new order sets restrictions allowed under a different portion of state law than the May state Supreme Court ruling addressed.
as an added note:
The limits do not apply to campaign events, schools, or churches.
When will Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald weigh in?