Rock County Lifts Safer At Home Order

Rock County will lift it’s Safer at Home order on Thursday morning and move into the first phase of the reopening program. The plan was created with guidance from the Wisconsin Economic development corporation, the CDC and the state health department and is being implemented 5 days earlier than anticipated because the data showed the county is ready to advance into phase 1. Under phase 1 most businesses or public spaces are allowed to reopen with 25% capacity limits and should practice social distancing, implementing protective measures and use best business practices, it includes restaurants, bars, gyms, libraries, churches and other businesses. Events like garage sales should still have 10 or fewer people and visiting senior centers or holding large events are not recommended with k-12 schools following recommendations from the state dept of public instruction. The plan gives recommendations to different sectors of the community but does not say that residents have to stay home and residents can’t be punished for not following the guidelines. If the number of cases begins to climb or spike, the stay at home order could be reinstated but officials say they would prefer to use other tools to combat the virus instead of the order.

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