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Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down Evers’ Safer-At-Home order

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The State Supreme court struck down Wisconsin’s Safer at Home order in its entirety, ordering all future orders to go through the Legislature.

The court ruled 4-3 in a case brought forth by Republican lawmakers that sought to block the Safer at Home extension issued last month by Governor Tony Evers’ top health secretary, Andrea Palm. 

The court ruled Palm did not follow legal rule-making procedures when issuing parts of the Safer at Home order. 

The court also said that because proper rule make procedures were not followed, there could be no criminal penalties for violating the order.

In the end, the court ruled that Ever's emergency order is "declared unlawful, and unenforceable."

"I'm very disappointed in this decision," said Evers. "This is on Republicans."

This means bars, restaurants, and other establishments can open if they want. Counties and local municipalities do have the power to issue their own restrictions.

Nothing is in place currently in La Crosse County.

The La Crosse County Health Department continues to recommend that people stay home as much as possible.

They also said to continue to minimize physical contact with anyone outside your household, wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, and wear a face covering when in public.

READ: Supreme Court Decision


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