COVID-19 guidelines for businesses released

Published: May. 8, 2020 at 12:09 PM CDT
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Gov. Tony Evers' administration on Friday released a best practices guidebook for businesses as they reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The guidelines apply to a wide array of businesses from swimming pools to restaurants, hair salons to gyms, manufacturers and professional offices. Wisconsin's current "safer at home" order closing most nonessential businesses remains in effect until May 26. The Wisconsin Supreme Court is considering a lawsuit filed by Republican lawmakers seeking to undo the order.

Evers said the guidelines compiled by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation included input from national and state health and industry experts in partnership with the state department of Health Services, Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Tourism as well as regional economic development partners

Being able to reopen, the economic development agency said, "will require the gradual adoption of new business practices that reflect the evolving reality of the COVID-19 pandemic and our success in mitigating the effects of this unprecedented global health emergency."

Some of the general advice for businesses includes:

Making sure that employees who are sick don’t come to work

Curtailing business travel whenever possible.

Promoting telecommuting or other work-from-home arrangements

Making sure employees have access to sanitizers and personal protective equipment when appropriate.

Gov. Evers said the reopening of state businesses will continue to be guided by the health care metrics contained in the Badger Bounce Back plan, which include tracking new cases of COVID-19, assessing available medical resources to cope with COVID cases, and ensuring adequate testing and mitigation resources.

Copies of the full guide can be found on the WEDC website. To read the full guide,

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