Tonight at midnight (so yes, technically tomorrow), bars, restaurants, and any other businesses in all 18 Milwaukee County suburbs will finally be able to shrug off those pesky safer-at-home orders and just go ahead and reopen to in-store business. Pandemic’s over, folks. Do whatever you want. Follow these guidelines. Or these guidelines. Or not.
Seinfeld pop-up at City Lounge in Cudahy on Friday night! With touch-free forehead thermometer checks at the door! No safer-at-home order for you!
Fox Bay Cinema Grill might reopen soon, too! Woo!
The municipalities that are free to do what they want any old time (a.k.a. midnight tonight, a.k.a. tomorrow) include Cudahy, Franklin, Greendale, Greenfield, Hales Corners, Oak Creek, North Shore (Bayside, Brown Deer, Fox Point, Glendale, River Hills, Shorewood, and Whitefish Bay), South Milwaukee/St. Francis, Wauwatosa, and West Allis/West Milwaukee.
A joint order keeping suburban Milwaukee County bars and restaurants closed was issued last week in the immediate wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to kill the state’s “Safer At Home” order. The joint order had an expiration date of end-of-day May 21. So there you go.
And yes, the City of Milwaukee remains under an order that keeps bars and restaurants closed to in-person business (though spas, salons, and barbershops can be open). There is currently no expiration date for the order. An update to the order—complete with new “reopening” criteria—is expected sometime today.
Read the city’s current safer-at-home order that replaced its old safer-at-home order that was superseded by the state’s safer-at-home order but which went back into effect after the state’s safer-at-home order was struck down but which is expected to be updated sometime today HERE.
On Tuesday, Milwaukee Commissioner of Health Jeanette Kowalik shared some of her frustrations on Twitter:
& don’t allow 🤡 to bully you into killing yourselves. Yes you can take a day off. Yes you can take a leave. #COVID19 will be with us for a LONG A$$ TIME. If we’re not healthy—we’re nothing. #theirony #healthofficers #COVID19
— jlkowalik (@jlkowalik) May 20, 2020
On Wednesday, Wisconsin reported a record number of COVID-19 tests processed in a 24-hour period, 6,591. Also, the state reported a record number of positive results from those tests, 528. The percentage of positive tests was 8.01 percent.
Here’s what the past two weeks look like. As part of Gov. Tony Evers’ “Badger Bounce Back” program, the percentage of positive cases needs to…oh, yeah, we’re not doing the “Badger Bounce Back” thing anymore. Cool. Great. Good luck.