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Badger Bounce Back

Apr. 2020

On Monday, April 20, 2020, Governor Evers announced the Badger Bounce Back Plan (the Plan) to begin to re-open Wisconsin’s economy.  The plan is based on the similar guidelines issued by President Trump last week.  The Plan is broken into three phases.  Each phase of the Plan is intended to be “incrementally less restrictive on businesses and individuals while protecting the public from COVID-19.

Phase One: Allows for mass gatherings of up to 10 people.  Restaurants are able to open with social distancing measures in place.  This also includes the removal of certain retail restrictions for Essential Business and Operations.  Additionally, K-12 schools are able to resume in-person operations along with child care operations.

Phase Two: Allows for mass gatherings of up to 50 people.  Restaurants can resume full operations and bars can re-open  with social distancing restrictions.  Non-essential business can resume full operations, but need to enforce social distancing.  Post-secondary education institutions may resume operations.

Phase Three: Resume all business activity and gatherings.  Minimal protective and preventative measures will be in place to protect the general public.  There will be increased protective measures for the more vulnerable populations.

No timetable has been established and the Department of Health Services will determine when it is appropriate to advance to the next phase.  Criteria for progression includes “a downward trajectory of influenza-like illnesses reported within a 14-day period,” and a “downward trajectory of COVID-19 like syndromic cases reported in a 14-day period.”

You can read the full text of the Plan here: Badger Bounce Back Plan

Governor Evers made it clear that Wisconsin has not reached Phase One yet.  Thus, the extension of his “Safer-At-Home” order remains in effect until 8:00 a.m. on May 26, 2020.  See our April 17, 2020 post (https://mil-law.com/safer-at-home-extended) discussing that plan for more details.

We will continue to provide you with information as this situation continues to evolve.  If you have any questions on how this impacts your business or your clients, please contact our office to discuss.