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UPDATE: Governor Evers has provided more details on his Safer-At-Home order Wednesday morning. It takes effect Wednesday, March 25 at 8 am and lasts until Friday, April 24. Read the details here.


MADISON, Wis. (WXOW) - The biggest question many in Wisconsin want to know: What is considered an essential business?

Governor Tony Evers earlier announced that he is ordering the closure of all non-essential businesses. Evers said he'd sign the order on Tuesday.

Despite repeated questions, he didn't say what he considered as an essential business beyond what he said earlier in the day.

He said during a Monday news conference that healthcare professionals, grocers, caregivers would be considered essential. Emergency responders would also be a part of that group.

Beyond that, he said more details would come out Tuesday.

His chief legal counsel said that the orders involving bars and restaurants would likely stay the same as the current order.

Republican legislative leaders accused Evers of spreading "mass amounts of confusion" and anxiety with the latest order.


By SCOTT BAUER
Associated Press
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is ordering the closure of all non-essential businesses starting Tuesday, and urging people to stay at home to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus that has killed four people in the state and infected at least nearly 400.

Evers tweeted Monday that he would be signing the order on Tuesday. It comes after Evers already ordered K-12 schools and a host of other businesses closed, including bars, restaurants and hair salons, and limited gatherings to no more than 10 people.

But the newer, tighter restriction mirrors what other states have done, including neighboring Illinois.

MORE: List of states with stay-at-home orders


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