The Wisconsin Supreme Court voted 4-3 on Wednesday, May 13 to strike down Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers’s statewide orders concerning the pandemic.
The court’s action effectively fully reopens the state and all businesses immediately, although the governor has been asked to submit a new plan today (Thursday, May 14).
The court’s ruling does keep in place the closure of schools for the remainder of this school year.
Stay-at-home orders which were already in place from counties or municipalities remain in place, but none of the four local counties—Calumet, Manitowoc, Fond du Lac, and Sheboygan—have any such orders. Counties such as Milwaukee and Brown—which have seen many more confirmed cases of COVID-19—do still have orders in place.
Republicans who brought the lawsuit to the Supreme Court wanted justices to include a one-week stay of their ruling, but the court declined to do that—effectively lifting the Safer at Home order immediately.