Less than a day after the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down Gov. Tony Evers’ Safer at Home order, the Fond du Lac County Health Department has rescinded its own order that included similar restrictions within the county.

   Though news of the order being rescinded wasn’t shared until almost noon today (Thursday), it had been made effective as of 8 a.m. that morning.

   That means that all businesses, from barber shops to restaurants, are free to re-open at their discretion.

   Even so, the health department urged businesses and county residents to begin moving about with caution.

   “Although Public Health Order # 1 has been rescinded, it does not mean that COVID-19 goes away,” Public Health Officer Kim Mueller said. “Now more than ever we need to follow important steps to ensure we continue to slow the spread of this virus. We are strongly recommending all businesses and community members to practice the following preventative measures.”

   Such measures include:

  • Plan for and support social distancing.
  • Provide and encourage face coverings and PPE when necessary.
  • Provide signage for and encourage good hand hygiene.
  • Frequently clean and disinfect regularly touched surfaces.
  • Screen employees and send sick employees home.
  • Promote telecommuting and work-from-home if possible.

   “As the Fond du Lac County health officer, I feel it is my job to protect our community. We need to come together as a community and ensure businesses have responsible practices in place to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 virus and protect our most vulnerable as best we can,” Mueller said.

   Such practices recently were addressed by Envision Greater Fond du Lac, which posted guidelines for businesses as they reopen on its website at www.envisiongreaterfdl.com/reopen-fond-du-lac-resources.

   Additional information also is available at https://wedc.org/reopen-guidelines/.

   “These documents are a great guide for businesses as they begin the task of reopening,” Mueller said. “We reviewed a number of resources provided by surrounding communities, as well as those provided by government entities.”

   Meanwhile, Green Lake County also is expected to make an announcement later today.

   According to Kathy Munsey, Green Lake County public health officer, the county will be drafting its official order today, with the expectation that it will be released around 4 p.m.