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BREAKING NEWS: Evers issues statewide "Safer at Home'' order starting Tuesday
Details "soon"
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Gov. Tony Evers announced on Twitter Monday morning that he will issue a statewide "Safer at Home" order that will take effect Tuesday.

“People across our state are still out and about unnecessarily that are putting our friends, our neighbors, and our communities at risk,” said Evers on his Twitter account Monday morning.

Evers said the details of the order would be revealed “soon.” He said he made the announcement "to give everyone the opportunity to prepare and plan ahead so you can help do your part to keep our friends, neighbors, and communities safe.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the order would mean that businesses that are not "deemed to provide essential services" would be forced to close.

“Workers providing essential care or services in our communities will be allowed to continue to travel to and from work,” he said. “That includes folks like healthcare professionals, grocers, family caregivers, among other people whose work is critical for folks across our state.”

When asked Friday about a statewide shelter-in-place order, Evers had said, “I believe that we’ll be able to avoid that. People in the state of Wisconsin are taking this seriously. I know other states are doing that; we will follow the science on that.”

However, Evers said on Twitter Monday that “Over the past few days, I’ve talked with public health experts and with business leaders and local elected officials around the state. Overwhelmingly the response I heard is that we need an all-hands-on-deck approach to stopping the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin. In fact, business leaders have suggested that it is imperative to slow the growth of the disease and that the state cease all non-essential business statewide.”

Evers issued an executive order banning gatherings of 50 or more people 10 days ago, then banned gatherings of 10 or more people Tuesday afternoon.

“We also need folks to limit their interactions to the same people, not different small groups,” said Evers Monday. “Shrinking your circle of interactions will help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Unfortunately that means no sleepovers, no play dates, and no dinner parties with friends and neighbors.”

On Sunday, the state Department of Health Services reported 381 COVID-19 cases in the state, with four fatalities. There is one COVID-19 case in Green County, plus other cases in Dubuque and Allamakee counties.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a statewide stay-at-home order for his state Friday that took effect Saturday at 5 p.m.

 More details on as they are released.