On Friday afternoon, May 15, Manitowoc County Public Health Officer Mary Halada rescinded the Thursday, May 14 order extending the provisions of the Safer at Home order in Manitowoc County until May 20.
Halada’s action effectively allows all businesses and facilities—including restaurants and bars—to immediately open.
Halada said this is in an effort to stay consistent with Brown County which rescinded their extension earlier on Friday.
“One of the reasons we extended the order in Manitowoc County was to be consistent with Brown County, who is dealing with a much more significant outbreak,” said County Executive Bob Ziegelbauer. “We didn’t want to draw the virus into Manitowoc County by leaving our bars, restaurants, and other locations open to attract Brown County residents. We want to remain consistent and that’s why we’re following Brown County’s lead in rescinding our order too.”
Businesses which choose to open are highly encouraged to follow safety guidelines set up by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. These guidelines can be found at https://wedc.org/reopen-guidelines/.
Residents are also urged to continue practicing social distancing whenever possible by avoiding crowds, maintaining social distance of six or more feet, wearing a cloth mask if they can, washing their hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home if they are feeling sick. Residents in high-risk categories are especially encouraged to continue following “Safer at Home” guidelines.
Additional information can be found on the county’s COVID-19 page at http://www.manitowoccounty.org and click on the COVID-19 banner.