Gov. Evers issued an Executive Order requiring face covering indoors throughout the state. The order goes into effect Aug. 1 and is scheduled to expire Sept. 28.
Under the order, Wisconsin residents ages five and older are required to wear face covering when in an enclosed space with anyone outside their household.
April 14, 2020, the Village Board adopted Resolution 2020-009 declaring a state of emergency due to COVID-19. It recommends the following:
- Visitors to all assisted living and long-term care facilities are prohibited until further notice. This means that visitors may not be allowed to come into these facilities. Employees and vendors at these facilities will be screened daily.
- Visitors will be restricted from entering the Village Hall and Fire Station #2.
- There shall be no public gathering of ten (10) or more people.
- Social distancing is encouraged. This means attempting to remain six (6) feet away from other people and avoid handshaking and other unnecessary contact.
- Non-essential travel for all individuals is discouraged.
- Individuals are encouraged to work remotely if possible.
The resolution was in response Governor Evers’ declaration of a public health emergency on March 12. That same day, County Executive Jim Kreuser declared a state of emergency for Kenosha County in effort to prevent the spread of the virus. The following day, President Trump declared a national emergency.
On March 23rd, Governor Evers issued a “Safer at Home Order”. It was subsequently extended to May 26th.
The State Supreme Court overturned Governor’s Evers Safer-at-Home Order on the afternoon of May 13th. That evening, Kenosha County enacted their own Safer-at-Home Order mirroring the State’s order. On the evening of May 14th, Kenosha County rescinded that order on advice from their legal council.
The Village Emergency Order passed by the Village Board was not tied to the Governors’ order, or the Kenosha County’s. The recommendations (listed above) are in place until further notice.
The Somers’ order was rescinded at the May 26 Village Board Meeting. All meetings are now open to the public with social distancing measures.