LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Wisconsin ranks third nationwide this week in the number of new COVID-19 cases per capita. In an attempt to bring the numbers down, Governor Tony Evers ordered new limits to the size of public gatherings.
The order from the State Department of Health Services limits public indoor gatherings to 25% of the room or building’s capacity. Gatherings in indoor spaces without an occupancy limit will be limited to ten people. There are exemptions to the order, including churches, childcare facilities, schools, and other public infrastructure operations.
The limit takes place in full effect on Thursday and runs through November 6. Violators could face up to a 500-dollar fine. DHS Secretary, Andrea Palm, says today’s action is needed to try and stop the spread.
Palm said, “We’ve seen local and tribal health departments across our state release public health alerts to draw further attention to this crisis here in Wisconsin, and we encourage local leaders to respond by putting additional orders in place in your communicates. And we’ll need your help too. Every one of us can model safe practices within our own family, with our friends, and then with our community.”