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 On the evening of May 14th, Kenosha County rescinded that order on advice from their legal council.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The Somers’ order was rescinded at the May 26 Village Board Meeting.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.
More COVID-19 updates
- The Kenosha County Division of Health is seeking donations of cloth face masks and gowns, to be distributed to COVID-19 patients and their families, as well as to local long-term care and assisted living facilities. More details are available in this press release.
- Residents wanting to get tested for the virus should abide by the Kenosha County Emergency Management guidelines.
- Municipal courts have been suspended until June 18, 2020. For the latest information, call the Somers Town/Village Hall office via phone at 262-859-2822 or by email me at email@example.com.
- The Kenosha County hazardous household waste collection has been postponed to July 25, 2020. More information about what items can be dropped off is available in the original post.
- The youth basketball program has been canceled.
- All meetings with the Building Inspector will be by appointment only. Russ Nolen can be reached at 262-859-2822 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Residents are reminded that they can pay their utility bills by using the drop box outside of the Village/Town Hall, 7511 12th St. (Highway E). Utility bills and citations can also be paid online at Somers.org or by mail at the address below:
Village/Town of Somers
P.O. Box 197
Somers, WI 53171
Additional health information:
- Kenosha County Health Department
- Kenosha County Health Facebook page
- Kenosha County COVID-19 Response Hub
- Wisconsin Department of Health Services
- Center for Disease Control
- World Health Organization
- Environmental Protection Agency FAQs
- Screening tool
Additional business information:
- Kenosha County COVID-19 Response Hub
- KABA Resources for employers
- Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce
- Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Employer Toolkit
Residents can also call 211. to find up to date information. This service is provided by Kenosha Sheriff Division of. Emergency Management. A press release from the department is available here.