Tools for reopening Sauk County’s economy

Dear Members and Community Partners,
Yesterday, The Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned Emergency Order #28 (Safer At Home). The Court determined that Safer at Home is subject to administrative rule-making, and because it was not established in rule (but rather it was established via order), the Supreme Court found EO #28 “unenforceable”, as it was not established in rule. This ruling takes immediate effect; there is no 6-day stay.
Even though the Court ruled in this way, Sauk County Public Health strongly encourages all Sauk County residents to voluntarily comply with the key components of the Safer at Home Order. These include:
Maintain at least 6 feet between yourself and others;
Do not congregate in groups larger than 10 people without physical distancing between groups;
Wash your hands frequently;
Disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
SCPH has developed several guidance tools to help businesses and organizations reopen safely, even without the Safer at Home order in effect. “A strong economy is vital to public health and safety,” said Tim Lawther, Sauk County Health Officer. “We can’t have healthy residents and a healthy community without people working and our businesses providing the goods and services that make Sauk County such a special place.” Faith-based and other community organizations are equally vital to our ability to thrive as individuals, families, and communities.
It is encouraged that individuals practice safer at home and social distancing guidelines. Live music should not be allowed. Not in bars, restaurants or churches. We encourage businesses to follow the guidelines set forth by Sauk County Public Health, which can be viewed here. In addition to the Sauk County link, you can also access WEDC guidelines as a resource for reopening. The Sauk County plans are based largely on the WEDC’s guidelines. I am also extremely excited to be sending you the Sauk County Back to Business Toolkit. This collaborative effort by Sauk County Public Health and the Chambers of Commerce in Sauk County has yielded you this great tool to help with reopening. It is our sincere hope that you find these guidelines beneficial as you plan and execute your business’s reopening.
I want to wish each of you continued good health and good fortune as we all follow this roadmap.

Darren Hornby
Executive Director
Baraboo Area Chamber of Commerce