Judge Again Blocks Release of Business Names with COVID-19 Cases

On Monday, November 30, a Waukesha judge extended the temporary restraining order prohibiting the state from releasing the names of businesses with more than 25 employees, who have had at least two workers test positive for COVID-19. Recall, in early October Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC) filed suit in Waukesha County seeking an injunction to prevent the Evers administration from releasing names of businesses who have had at least two employees test positive for Covid-19 – regardless of where the employees contracted the virus.

In October, the Waukesha County circuit judge issued a temporary order halting the release of business names, which the Evers administration says it was required to release in response to an open records request.

The judge also denied motions from the state and newspapers to dismiss the case.