Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Ald. Khalif Rainey on Monday called on the city’s health commissioner to order that water and power be shut off to nonessential businesses that violate emergency orders requiring that they close because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Rainey asked Milwaukee Health Commissioner Jeanette Kowalik to add the directive to her stay-at-home order and that she create a process to warn nonessential businesses before power and water are shut off. Under his proposal, businesses that don’t comply would lose power and water indefinitely.
“I find it incredibly selfish and reckless for any nonessential business to continue to operate during the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency,” Rainey said in a statement in which he noted that the city’s north side and his district are “at the epicenter.”