COVID-19 Wisconsin Update – March 20, 2020

COVID-19 Wisconsin Update
Hamilton Consulting Group
 March 20, 2020
Wisconsin political news for clients and colleagues.

Hamilton Consulting has created this website to direct clients and colleagues to the latest information on how Gov. Tony Evers, Wisconsin state agencies, and the Legislature are responding to COVID-19. Please keep in mind that the situation is quickly evolving, and the Hamilton Consulting team will try to keep this page as updated as possible. If you have any additional questions, please contact a member of the Hamilton Consulting team

We hope you and your families are staying safe and healthy during this time. 

Gov. Evers Emergency Orders on COVID-19

After declaring a public health emergency on March 12 in Executive Order #72, Gov. Evers and state agencies have issued additional emergency orders:

Emergency Order #5 - Prohibiting mass gatherings of 10 people or more. (Supersedes previous emergency order banning gatherings of 50 people or more) Exemptions include: airports, government, health care facilities, office spaces, retail establishments and manufacturing, processing, distribution and production facilities. The order specifically closes schools, restaurants and bars.

Emergency Order #6 - Restricting the size of child care settings to no more than 10 staff and 50 children present.

Emergency Order #7 - Waiving work search requirements for unemployment insurance.
For more information and state resources, visit
Wisconsin Response Timeline

Gov. Evers delivers the Democrats' weekly radio address on COVID-19. Assembly Speaker Vos delivers the Republican weekly radio address on COVID-19.
March 18, 2020. Gov. Evers issues emergency order #7, waiving work search requirements for unemployment insurance, and emergency order #6, restricting the size of child care settings to no more than 10 staff and 50 children.
March 18, 2020. WEDC announces Small Business 20/20 grant program and requests funding for Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans.
March 17, 2020. Gov. Evers and DHS issue emergency order #5, prohibiting mass gatherings of 10 or more. DHS media briefing.
March 16, 2020. Gov. Evers and DHS issue an emergency order prohibiting mass gatherings of 50 or more. 
March 12, 2020. Gov. Evers issues executive order #72, declaring a public health emergency. 
March 6, 2020. OCI issues a bulletin requesting health plans remove barriers to testing and treatment of COVID-19.
For more information and state resources, visit .

WMC COVID-19 Business Resource Center

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce is also compiling the latest news and resources for businesses on COVID-19. For more information, visit

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News Clips
Utilities and Energy
Coronavirus may mean halt to global solar gains - for now: Inside Climate News, March 19, 2020.

Economic Development
DPI seeks federal government waiver from standardized testing: Wisconsin Public Radio, March 17, 2020.

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