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Door County Lifts Safer at Home Order

Door County Public Health Manager Sue Powers lifted the county’s Safer at Home order Tuesday, but cautioned she does not advise that people or business owners return to business as usual. 

“The goals are to safely re-open Door County, minimize exposures to COVID-19, and slow the spread of the disease,” according to a statement released by the Public Health Department Tuesday. “It will require all persons within Door County to take responsibility, work cooperatively together, and support best practices if these goals are to be achieved.”

Gov. Tony Evers had originally extended the state’s Safer at Home order through May 26, but the Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned the order last week, leaving local municipalities scrambling to adapt. On Thursday, May 14 Powers issued a short-term extension of the order through May 20. The lifting of her order means that Door County, like most of Wisconsin, now has no legal restrictions on personal or business activities. 

“The state legislature and governor have not, to date, worked together to establish a lawful rule that addresses COVID-19,” Powers’ statement said.  

Door County has confirmed 34 cases of COVID-19 and 3 deaths. 

Powers urged citizens and business owners to re-open safely, issuing a list of basic recommendations to continue social distancing, wearing face masks when out in public, washing hands frequently and sanitizing frequently touched surfaces. She also urges people to avoid going to places where safety measures are not in place, and strongly discouraged gatherings of more than 10 people. 

Powers pointed citizens and businesses to the guidelines set forth by the Wisconsin Economic Development Council, Centers for Disease Control, Wisconsin Department of Health Services and OSHA.