LIST: What will be open when 'Safer-at-Home' extension starts Friday

Published: Apr. 23, 2020 at 9:48 PM CDT
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While much of Wisconsin will stay closed when the extended 'Safer at Home' order begins Friday, some types of businesses and activities will be allowed to reopen.

According to the extended order issued by Wisconsin DHS and Gov. Tony Evers last week, the following will continue to be open or will reopen starting Friday, April 24:


Restaurants may remain open for food take-out or delivery service only.

Child care settings

Child care settings shall prioritize care for people who are employees, contractors, and other support staff working in essential businesses and services.

Places of public amusement and activity

Most of these activities are closed. However, golf courses will be open, with some exceptions:The use of golf carts is prohibited, social distancing must be observed, all tee times and payments must be made in advance online or by phone, and driving ranges and miniature golf must remain closed.

Weddings, funerals, and religious entities

Religious facilities, entities, groups, and gatherings, and weddings and funerals, except that any gathering shall include fewer than 10 people in a room or confined space at a time. Individuals must adhere to social distancing requirements as much as possible, according to the order.

Laundry services

Laundromats, dry cleaners, industrial laundry services, and laundry service providers.


Airlines, taxis, transportation network providers (such as Uber and Lyft), vehicle rental services, paratransit, and other private, public, and commercial transportation and logistics providers necessary for essential activities.

Hotels and motels

Hotels and motels, as long as they close swimming pools, hot tubs, and exercise facilities as well as enforce social distancing

Arts and craft stores

Arts and craft stores may offer curb-side pick-up.

Capacity restrictions Essential businesses or operations that remain open

For stores with less than 50,000 square feet of customer floor space, limit the number of people in the store (including employees) to 25% of the total occupancy limits established by the local municipality.

For stores of more than 50,000 square feet: a. Limit the number of customers in the store at one time (excluding employees) to 4 people per 1,000 square feet of customer floor space; b. Offer at least two hours per week of dedicated shopping time for vulnerable populations, which according to the order are people over 60, pregnant women, and those with chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.

-- Stores that sell groceries and medicine

Grocery stores, bakeries, pharmacies, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks and food pantries, convenience stores, and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of groceries, canned food, dry goods, frozen foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supply, fresh meats, fish, poultry, prepared food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and any other household consumer products (such as cleaning and personal care products). Such establishments shall, according to the order:

i. Close all seating intended for consuming food.

ii. Cease any self-service operations of salad bars, beverage stations, and buffets.

iii. Except for grocery stores, prohibit customers from selfdispensing all unpackaged food.

iv. Abide by social distancing requirements.


Public libraries shall remain closed for all in-person services, except that they may provide the following services: On-line services and programming; curb-side pick-up of books and other library materials, if all operations are performed by one person in a room or confined space; Any essential governmental function; or food distribution.

Healthcare and public health

Individuals may leave their residence to work for or obtain services at any healthcare and public health operations. Cafeterias and food service in health care facilities may remain open for staff and authorized visitors only.