The governor yesterday extended the order to keep people at home and keep most businesses in the state closed until at least May 26th. He also ordered all schools in the state closed for the rest of the school year.
There are also some changes including golf courses which can open up, libraries will allow curbside pickup of books and crafts stores can offer curbside pickup for materials to make masks.
On the other side of the aisle, top Republicans at the Capitol say the governor does not have unbridled power to close the state. They are looking at several legislative and legal options to challenge the governor.
Meanwhile, Wisconsin is not alone in making the decision on when to reopen. Governor Tony Evers yesterday signed-on to a group with the governors of Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky to work together on coming back from the coronavirus. The group says they will keep each other in the loop about decisions to reopen. Iowa’s governor declined to join that group.
When it comes to the cost, the numbers are stacking up fast. The coronavirus price tag in Wisconsin is closing-in on two billion-dollars. Governor Tony Evers yesterday told the Trump Administration that losses from the virus, a spike in unemployment, fewer people spending money, and a huge outlay on medical services will cost the state.
The tabulation is part of a push from Wisconsin and other states to have Congress authorize a half-trillion dollars for direct aid to the states.