Friday, May 22, 2020

Racine releases reopening plan, restaurants will be able to open with 50% capacity Tuesday

From The Journal

Racine Mayor Cory Mason addresses the media Friday morning as he, along with Police Chief Art Howell (left) and Public Health Administrator Dottie-Kay Bowersox (right), details the city's "Forward Racine" plan to roll back some of the local Safer at Home rules.

RACINE — The City of Racine published its "Forward Racine" reopening plan on Friday morning.
The plan details how businesses in each industry present in Racine will — and won't — be able to resume business starting at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26.
If Racine sees a spike in cases — the coronavirus's spread in the city currently ranks among the fastest rates of spread for any city in the country — the reopening plan can be backtracked, according to Mayor Cory Mason and Public Health Administrator Dottie-Kay Bowersox.
Police Chief Art Howell said that those who do not follow the city's new rules will face citation and be identified publicly online for not following the order.
The plan will be re-evaluated on June 30, when more restrictions may be rolled back.
Racine is one of a handful of municipalities in Wisconsin with restrictions still in place after the Supreme Court overturned the statewide Safer at Home on May 13.
The city is now facing multiple lawsuits, calling for Racine's Safer at Home to be overturned. City Attorney Scott Letteney says that Racine's order is still legal, and that the Supreme Court's decision only said that how Safer at Home was enforced was illegal. Since there still is an outbreak in the City of Racine, the local public health administrator is still allowed to make such an order.

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