Clintonville responds to court order
Message from City Administrator Sharon Eveland
Last night, the Wisconsin Supreme Court invalidated the Governor’s Safer-At-Home order that required many businesses to close and others to operate under very strict rules, including limiting the number of customers that may be in the business.
What this effectively means is that, barring any local County Health order, there are no restrictions in place on any aspect of operating a businesses, travel, or gatherings.
This does not mean that businesses should disregard the many organizations, including the CDC and the WCEDC, that provide clear guidelines on how businesses should operate under the current health pandemic.
The Court’s decision does not mean that the threat to public health does not exist anymore and we implore our residents and businesses to keep that in mind as they move forward. Failing to adhere to the guidelines could result in serious health repercussions on customers and the community, including death.
While we, as a whole, have fared better than many other counties in the state and across the country, the city does not wish to become a hotspot for COVID-19 cases as has happened in Brown County.
The County Health Office is preparing a local order that would apply to the entire County, including inside the Clintonville city limits, and is expected to issue that later today. While we do not yet know the details of the order, we do anticipate all businesses would be able to remain open under certain restrictions.
In addition, the city has decided to keep all its facilities closed to the public for the time being. This includes the park shelters, playgrounds, library, and City Hall. The library will continue to operate its curbside pick-up and drop-off services and the park grounds will remain open. Fishing will be permitted subject to any restrictions imposed on gathering sizes prescribed by the county order.
This is a difficult time for the community. Many of you are scared. Scared of your business failing. Scared of becoming a COVID-19 victim. Scared of not being able to feed your family.
We hear you and we share all of your concerns.
Right now, it is more important than ever, to understand the impact our decisions have on other people and to act as our conscience dictates. Please stay safe and health and help keep others safe and healthy.
We are all in this together.