What Does Gov. Evers’ ‘Safer At Home’ Order Actually Mean?

We’re in this together, Milwaukee.

Looks like Wisconsinites will be hunkering down a bit longer now. Gov. Tony Evers released a #SaferAtHome order starting Tuesday.

But what does this mean, exactly – especially for those of us who were already practicing all of the recommended self distancing practices?

“The real difference, I think, is that any business that is not deemed essential will be shut down,” explained Dr. Philip Rocco, assistant professor of political science in Marquette’s Klingler College of Arts and Sciences. “This ultimately ramps up potential economic effects, but ultimately minimizes community spread.”

So … what are considered essential businesses? Here’s a list:

  • grocery stores/ food banks
  • pharmacies
  • medical supply stores
  • gas stations/ convenience stores
  • liquor stores
  • hardware stores
  • laundromats
  • banks
  • auto service
  • pet stores

Evers told reporters Monday afternoon that restaurants, too, will be able to continue the curbside, delivery or takeout service we’ve seen explode in the past couple of weeks.

That being said, there is no need to run out and overstock goods. Officials have assured us there’ll be plenty of access to the food and supplies you need.

You do need to be prepared to be in place for awhile though. As, unfortunately, there is no definite date or set period of time stated under the order.

So sit down, grab your remote and start bingeing your favorite series. We’re in this together.



Morgan is a 2020 MilMag intern. She's Minnesota born, but has a Milwaukee heart. An Alverno College undergraduate and will be graduating in December 2020 . Follow her on social media @morgan_lemner