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Essential Business Declaration

On March 24, 2020, Governor Evers issued the “Safer at Home” Order closing all Nonessential Wisconsin businesses until 8:00 a.m., Friday, April 24, 2020. Visit this page for answers to frequently asked questions related to the Governor’s Order.

While businesses defined in the Governor’s Order as Essential Businesses and Operations are encouraged to remain open, Nonessential for-profit and non-profit businesses in Wisconsin have been instructed to cease all activities, except for minimal basic operations (e.g., maintaining inventory, preserving the business’s physical plant and equipment, processing payroll and employee benefits, etc.).

Businesses, including home-based businesses, may continue operations consisting exclusively of employees or contractors performing activities at their own home or residences (i.e., working from home).

Businesses and operations defined as essential by the Governor’s order shall comply with social distancing requirements. Businesses are also encouraged to follow these best practices related the development of a COVID-19 Response Plan.

Businesses fitting the following definitions are allowed to continue operations, according to the Governor’s Order.