Posted on Wednesday March 18, 2020 by Vanessa Lenz

Safer-at-home Extended: What we know

Governor Tony Evers announced Thursday that he was extending Wisconsin's Safer at Home order until May 26, ordering people to stay in their homes except for activities defined as essential to slow the spread of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.

The new order, which prohibits non-essential travel & closes non-essential businesses, modifies current restrictions beginning April 24 that will last until the day after Memorial Day.

Click here to read the full order


Click here to read a FAQ sheet from Gov. Evers Office

Click here for the Badger Bounce Back Details


Q. What is happening with schools? 

A. Public and private K-12 schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Click here for more information from the East Troy Community School District.

The district will provide meals, free of charge, to all children under age 18 during this time. Meal pick up is Monday-Friday at the MS auditorium entrance between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Battle Bags remain available during the school designated breakfast/lunch pick up times.

Q. What changes have been made from the original order?

Public libraries: Public libraries may now provide curb-side pick-up of books and other library materials. Click here for updates from the East Troy Lions Public Library

Golf Courses: Golf courses may open again, with restrictions including scheduling and paying for tee times online or by phone only. Clubhouses and pro shops must remain closed.

Click below for info from local golf courses:

Alpine Valley Resort

Evergreen Country Club

Lake Beulah Country Club

Non-essential Businesses: Non-essential businesses will now be able to do more things as Minimum Basic Operations, including deliveries, mailings, and curb-side pick-up. Non-essential businesses must notify workers of whether they are necessary for the Minimum Basic Operations.

Arts and Crafts Stores: Arts and craft stores may offer expanded curb-side pick-up of materials necessary to make face masks or other personal protective equipment.

Aesthetic or Optional Exterior Work: Aesthetic or optional exterior lawn care or construction is now allowed under the extended order, so long as it can be done by one person.

Q: Can I go outside for walks, outdoor exercise, or to play?

A: Yes. You may engage in outdoor activities that meet social distancing requirements. You may travel to open public and state parks for walks, hikes, and bike rides. No team or contact sports are permitted. Click here for open state trails. 

Q: Can I go to local parks?

A. Under the order, all playgrounds are closed. The Village of East Troy has posted signs at all playgrounds. Closures include Lynndale Park, Playmore Park, Mitchell Park, Francine Pease Skate Park, the dog park & the archery range.

Under the order, local health officials may close public parks and open spaces if it becomes too difficult to ensure social distancing or the areas are being mistreated.

Q: Will hotels and motels remain open?

A: Hotels and motels are essential businesses and operations and can remain open if they follow the guidelines imposed on stores that sell groceries and medicine, restaurants, and bars. Guests are prohibited from congregating in lobbies or other common areas and social distancing requirements must be implemented. Hotel and motel swimming pools, hot tubs, and exercise facilities must close. However, everyone is strongly encouraged to stay close to home and not to travel. The order does not prohibit individuals from residing at a hotel, motel, short term rental, or campground as their primary home or residence.

Q. Can I still support local restaurants? 

A. Yes. Please do! Here's a list of bars and restaurants in the East Troy area that are offering to to-go orders & curbside pickup:

Click Here

Q. Where can I go?

A. People do not need permission to leave their homes, but should stay home except in limited circumstances (going to the grocery store, going to the doctor's office, going to work for an essential company, etc.). People may also go outside to exercise or walk their dogs.

When people leave their homes, the order says they must stay at least six feet away from others, except for family members they live with or members of their households.

Q. Can I work from home? 

A. Yes. 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).

Q. How do I shop local?

A. If you have to go to the store to buy what you need, be sure to shop local & say thanks to the employees who are hard at work stocking shelves.

Click here  for a list of stores still open in East Troy

Q. Where do I get updates from my local municipality?

A.  Village of East Troy: Click here
Town of East Troy: Click here
Town of Troy: Click here

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