A repeat of Michigan is in the air
Must admit, the indentured servants on lock-down at the Stately Manor were taken aback by WI Gov. Tony Evers extending the coronavirus shutdown another month — through May 26 and Memorial Day weekend. Even the state of New York is shut down only until May 15. President Trump is aiming for May 1. (More here.) Ohio to begin opening May 1.
Madison seems poised for a protest on the order of that staged in Michigan’s state capital earlier this week. Citizens weary of the the social isolation are rallying 1 p.m. Friday, April 24 at the State Capitol.
• Evers’ order (issued by his secretary of Health) closes public and private school buildings through the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. Fair enough. Classrooms are a closed environment.
• “All public and private gatherings of any number of people that are not part of a single household or living unit are prohibited.”
• “All forms of travel are prohibited, except for ‘Essential Travel.’
• We haven’t seen Evers open state parks or state boat docks.
Some restrictions will be relaxed beginning April 24 allowing some businesses to reopen or provide limited services. The latter includes golf courses without carts, no flags, no sand trap rakes, pay by phone or on-line, no restroom facilities, no club houses (no indoor restrooms)?
Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos:
Our phones have been ringing off the hook since the announcement came out. People are frustrated and so are we. … While everyone shares the goal of protecting public health, the governor’s order goes too far. The Safer at Home order’s main intent was to flatten the curve, which we have successfully done to this point, not devastate our families. …
The governor can’t just keep extending the date, waiting for some new knowledge to appear. … The health crisis is changing by day in the state. Just three weeks ago, Governor Evers announced the state needed to buy 10,000 ventilators, yet placed an order for only 1,500. The prevailing model out of University of Washington has substantially scaled back predicted impacts repeatedly in recent days. The hardest hit city in the nation, New York City, is expected to reopen on May 15.
The Evers administration also can’t ignore other health concerns. Wisconsinites can no longer receive preventive care or important health screenings. Unfortunately, one of the unintended consequences will most likely be undiagnosed medical issues left untreated due to this never-expiring order.
“People are not only afraid of the virus, they’re afraid of losing their livelihood. We all know the governor can’t control the coronavirus, but he can control the impact on the state’s economy.” — Speaker Robin Vos