Gov. The Evers’ administration issued an emergency order on 6 October, limiting the size of indoor public gatherings to 25% of a building or room’s capacity, or to people living in places with no occupancy limits until 10 August.
The order came as an increase in COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin. According to Johns Hopkins University, this week, the state was ranked fourth in the newest cases, with about 757 cases per 75,000 cases in the last two weeks. Health officials said that state hospitals are overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients.
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The Tavern League of Wisconsin argued the capacity limit amount for a “de facto closure” order for bars and restaurants and sought to rescind the order to file a lawsuit.
On October 14, a Sawyer County judge blocked the order, but a Baron County judge reinstated it five days later.