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Wisconsin governor closes bars, restaurants, other venues

Wisconsin governor closes bars, restaurants, other venues Photo: State of Wisconsin

Updated: March 17, 2020 02:24 PM

Gov. Tony Evers has ordered the closure of bars and restaurant dining rooms, as well as many other locations where ten or more people might gather, as the number of cases of the new coronavirus continues to rise in Wisconsin.

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The order will take efffect at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 17.  That's the same time a similar order takes effect in Minnesota.

Restaurants will be able to continue take-out and delivery service.  Grocery stores and convenience stores can remain open but must close all dining ares and shut down salad bars, beverage stations, and buffets.

Besides bars and restaurants, the order applies to auditoriums, theaters, movie theaters, museums, stadiums, arenas, conference rooms, meeting halls, exhibition centers, taverns, health and fitness centers, recreation centers, licensed pools, and places of worship and religious gatherings.

The order exempts transportation, childcare, hotels and motels, government facilities, food pantries, shelter facilities, residential buildings, retail establishments, health care facilities, facilities for voting, offices, manufacturing facilities, and job centers.

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