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DIRECTION FROM GOVERNOR EVERS
On May 13, 2020, the Supreme Court of Wisconsin issued a decision declaring Emergency Order #28 Safer at Home Order
(“Safer at Home”) “unlawful, invalid, and unenforceable.” The Safer at Home Order was issued by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee, Andrea Palm, and had extended Wisconsin’s Order through May 26, 2020. In its decision, the Court ordered that “there can be no criminal penalties for violations of [the] order.”
The result is that, at this time, in areas where no local government order is effective, the Supreme Court’s decision means businesses may open. However, the best practice for businesses choosing to open is to adhere to the Wisconsin Economic Development Commission’s Reopening Guidelines
, which compile industry-specific advice for protecting the health and safety of employees and the public.
Additional information is available here
Gov. Evers Directs Department of Health Services to Extend Wisconsin's Safer at Home Order
On April 16, Govenor Tony Evers directed Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee
Andrea Palm to extend the Safer at Home order from April 24, 2020 to 8 a.m.
Tuesday, May 26, 2020, or until a superseding order is issued. The order
implements some new measures to ensure safety and support the progress made
in containing COVID-19, but also allows certain activities to start up again.
The order is available here.
Gov. Evers Directs WI's Department of Health Services to Issue a Safer At Home Order
On March 24, Governor Tony Evers directed DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to issue a Safter at Home order that prohibits all nonessential travel, with some excetions as clarified and defined in the order. The order is available here. The order became effective at 8 am on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 and will remain in effect until 8 am on Friday, April 24, 2020, or until a superseding order is issued.
Gov. Evers Directs WI's Department of Health Services to Prohibit Mass Gatherings of 10 People or More
Governor Tony Evers and Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm ordered a statewide moratorium on mass gatherings of 10 people or more to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, effective at 5:00pm on Tuesday, March 17th. This order applies to all public and private mass gatherings. Read more
Gov. Evers: Declares public health emergency due to COVID-19
On March 12, Governor Tony Evers declared a public health emergency in response to new cases of COVID-19, directing the Department of Health Services (DHS) to use all the resources necessary to respond to and contain the outbreak. One of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) recommendations is “… that all non-essential gatherings of 250 or more people be cancelled or postponed statewide to help protect Wisconsinites from the spread of COVID-19, particularly those who are most vulnerable to infection and severe disease." At this point, it is a recommendation. Read more.
GUIDE TO GOVERNMENTAL RELIEF FOR ARTS ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS: SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA) LOANS (FOR NONPROFITS AND ARTISTS)Applications are now being accepted for the many forms of relief associated with the historic $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) that was signed into law on March 27, 2020 and other federal relief programs.
Important (and urgent) advice from our colleagues at the Association of Performing Arts Professionals and at 20 Degrees:
- The SBA resumed accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications from participating lenders on Monday, April 27, 2020 at 9:30am CST. The SBA is encouraging all approved lenders to process loan applications previously submitted by eligible borrowers and disburse funds expeditiously.
- Talk to a lender who already knows you. They need to be approved to do 7a loans in order to process this loan. Here is a list of the top most active 100 SBA lenders. As you are applying for these new loans, be sure to read current loan documents and keep in touch with current lenders.
Slides from the Wisconsin Arts Board and Arts Wisconsin April 13, 2020 Resource Session: "WI's Creative Sector Navigates the New SBA Programs" are available here. The U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Public Affairs Specialist for Wisconsin, Shirah Rachel Apple, talks with Wisconsin's creative sector about navigating the SBA's new loan and debt relief resources.