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Evers orders bars, restaurants closed; Schools closed indefinitely

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has ordered a statewide ban on all gatherings of more than 10 people as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, and closed all bars and restaurants, except for delivery and pickup orders.

Evers announced the new limits in an attempt to limit the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. He also extended the closure of all public and private K-12 schools indefinitely and called on the Legislature to waive a one-week waiting period to receive unemployment compensation insurance.

Evers said he would be talking with legislative leaders on Wednesday about an aid package.

The number of confirmed cases in Wisconsin increased from 47 to 72.

MADISON, Wis. (WXOW) - Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has ordered that all bars, restaurants, and mass gatherings of 10 or more people effective at 5 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

Restaurants will still be able to allow take-out and delivery services to customers the governor said in his remarks.

He said that there are exceptions for what he called critical functions including transportation, childcare, hotels, military, law enforcement, food pantries, hospitals, long-term care facilities, utilities, job centers, and courts.

He said community spread is now being seen in some of the cases of coronavirus in the state. He cited cases in Milwaukee, Dane, and Kenosha counties where community spread.

"What we're saying is this-stay home if you can," Evers said.

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