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"Safer at Home" in Wauwatosa

City services available online, absentee requests available, and parks are open (but playgrounds closed)
Post Date:03/24/2020 3:31 PM

Today, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers issued a "safer at home" order to be in effect from Wednesday, March 25 at 8:00am until Friday, April 24 at 8:00am. This means all non-essential in-person services will stop and Wisconsinites are discouraged from leaving their homes except for essential activities and to conduct work at essential business and operations.

Note: The following is a summary. For exact language, please refer to the emergency order.

Individuals do not need special permission to leave their homes, but they must comply with this order as to when it is permissible to leave home. Similarly, if a business is an Essential Business or Operation as defined in this order, it does not need documentation or certification to continue its work that is done in compliance with this order.

Essential Activities

Individuals may leave homes or residences to perform any of the following:

  • Perform tasks essential to maintain health and safety, such as obtaining medicine or seeing a doctor;
  • Get necessary services or supplies for themselves or their family or household members, such as getting food and supplies, pet food and supplies necessary for staying at home;
  • Care for a family member in another household; and
  • Care for older adults, minors, dependents, people with disabilities or other vulnerable persons.

Essential Business and Operations

Businesses allowed to operate under the Safer at Home order include, but are not limited to:

  • Health care operations, including home health workers;
  • Critical infrastructure;
  • Businesses that provide food, shelter and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise vulnerable individuals;
  • Fresh and non-perishable food retailers, including convenience stores, grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and food banks;
  • Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food and goods directly to residences;
  • Pharmacies, health care supply stores and health care facilities;
  • Child care facilities, with some limitations;
  • Gas stations and auto repair facilities;
  • Banks;
  • Laundry businesses, dry cleaners and services necessary for maintaining the safety, sanitation and essential operation of a residence, including garbage collection;
  • Hardware stores, plumbers, and electricians;
  • Educational institutions, for the purposes of facilitating distance learning;
  • Roles required for any business to maintain minimum basic operations, which includes security, and payroll; and
  • Law and safety, and essential government functions will continue under the recommended action.

We encourage you to support Wauwatosa businesses during this time. Follow Discover Wauwatosa on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see ways to support our businesses.

NOTE: If a business is unsure about whether or not they are exempted from this order, please contact the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporate.

Absentee Voting

We continue to hold in-person absentee voting at City Hall in the Lower Civic Center. The hours are: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 8 am - 4:30 pm, and Tuesdays, Thursdays, 8 am - 6 pm.

However, we strongly encourage voters to make an absentee request online, via mail, fax, or email. Learn more about requesting an absentee ballot.

Wauwatosa Parks

  • The City of Wauwatosa parks remain open. We ask that people practice physical distancing by staying 6ft away from others.
  • The Hart Park Stadium, Skateboard Park, and playgrounds are closed.

All previous emergency executive orders also remain in effect.

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