8 Things You Can Do This Week in Wisconsin That You Couldn’t Do Last Week

Some of the restrictions have changed.

Worried that you might be swallowed up by your couch if you keep hanging around your place, watching TV all day? Then we’ve got some good news for you. 

Gov. Tony Evers’ original Safer at Home Order, which limited business operations and restricted Wisconsinites’ movements, expired on Friday. An extension of the order is in place through May 26, but some restrictions have been lifted or eased, providing some opportunities for businesses to get back to work. 

“No one wants to reopen our economy as much as I do, and we’re working to do everything we can to make sure we can do so as soon as we safely and responsibly can,” Evers says. 

Here are some of the things you can do this week that you couldn’t before:

1. Rent a boat, kayak or ATV and enjoy the warmer weather. You can’t bring your friends with you, but you send them some selfies you snapped while you were out to make them jealous, and that’s almost just as much fun. 

2. Play a round of golf at a private or public course. Tee times must be made in advance online or by phone and need to be spread out to adhere to social distancing requirements. 

3. Pick up a book or two, curbside of course, at a local public library. Just stay away from apocalyptic titles like The Andromeda Strain and Lord of the Flies

4. Gather materials to make masks from an arts and crafts store offering curbside pickup. Incidentally, this project will also give you something to do with that tube of glitter paint that’s been in your junk drawer for five years. 

5. Spruce up that lawn and landscaping. Or have some minor construction done at home, provided one person can do the work.

6. Get that dirty car to an automatic or self-service car wash. Wax on, wax off!

7. Max the Malamute in desperate need of a trim? It’s OK to take him to the groomer. However, Max’s human companion is still going to have to wait to get a haircut, for now.

8. Need an item from a business deemed non-essential? Have it delivered, mailed or pick it up at the curb.

“This order means that every business across our state can do things like deliveries, mailings, curbside pick-up and drop-off, and it’s an important step in making sure that while folks are staying safer at home, they can also continue to support small businesses across our state,” Evers says.

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Rich Rovito is a freelance writer for Milwaukee Magazine.