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Posted on: March 22, 2020

March 22 Coronavirus Updates: Stay Home, Save Lives

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STAY HOME, SAVE LIVES

Know How it Spreads 

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). 

  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. 

  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. 

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). 

  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. 

  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. 

Take steps to protect yourself 

  • Clean your hands often. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 

  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. 

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 

  • Avoid close contact with others. Stay at least six feet apart. 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick 

  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick. 

Take steps to protect others 

  • Stay home as much as possible.  

  • Stay home if you’re sick, except to get medical care.  

  • Cover coughs and sneezesCover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. 

  • Throw used tissues in the trash. 

  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. 

  • Wear a facemask if you are sick 

  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick. 

  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers. 

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. 

  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection. 

 

Reminder of Business Closures & Restrictions 

A reminder that as of As March 20 at 5:00 p.m. Wis. Stat. § 252.02(3) requires businesses and other establishments to comply with the following rules regarding operations and mass gatherings: 

1. Bars and restaurants. Bars and restaurants may stay open, but only to provide take-out or delivery of food and carryout of alcohol under these circumstances: 

No on-premises food or alcohol consumption 

o Everyone should remain 6 feet apart unless necessary to pay and receive product 

o If properly licensed, the business can sell beer and wine for carry out. 

§ Beer sales in closed containers can only occur between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. 

§ Wine sales in original containers can only occur between 6 a.m. and 12 a.m. 

§ No intoxicating liquor (other than wine) may be sold in closed containers 

o No buffets or self-service even for carryout/take-out 

2. Schools must close for instructional and extracurricular activities (starting at 5:00 p.m. on March 18). 

o This includes all private and public schools of all ages. 

o The school may open for reasons unrelated to instruction or extracurriculars and need not comply with the 9-person limit if the purpose for opening is: 

§ Medication pickup 

§ Childcare services 

§ Providing meals 

§ Operating as a polling place 

§ Similar high-need purposes 

3. Certain personal service businesses must close. The following business must close and remain closed during the public health emergency: 

  • Hair salons 

  • Barbershops 

  • Nail salons 

  • Day spas 

  • Tattoo establishments 

  • Body art establishments 

  • Tanning facilities 

4. No public or private place may have a gathering of 10 or more people. This rule applies if 10 people are in a confined space or single room at the same time. That means up to 9 people may occupy a small single room as long as they practice social distancing (staying 6 feet apart from each other), but only 9 people may attend a movie in a large theater even if there is room for more. There is no limit for outdoor areas other than the social distancing rule that generally applies. There are places that do not have to comply with the 9-person limitation and instead just need to maintain social distancing: 

o Bars and restaurants 

o Mass transportation, including airports, buses, etc. 

o Childcare facilities 

§ Limited to up to 10 paid or unpaid staff on site 

§ Limited to up to 50 children on site. 

§ Adults must practice social distancing at all times. 

o Hotels/Motels 

o Government offices and employers 

o Food pantries 

o Homeless shelters and day centers 

o Any residential building or unit 

o Retail establishments (gas stations, auto repair, department stores, etc.) as long as: 

§ It’s not an indoor shopping mall 

§ People usually are not within arms’ length of each other for more than 10 minutes 

o Health care and treatment facilities 

o Any location operating as a polling place 

o Grocery stores 

o Convenience stores 

o Construction sites 

o Laundromats 

o Any location used as a polling place 

o Veterinary facilities 

o Utilities 

o Media organizations 

o Banks and credit unions 

o Any business involved in food production and distribution 

o Farmer’s markets 

o The following places of employment 

§ Office spaces 

§ Industrial/manufacturing/processing/distribution work spaces 

§ Job centers and other prevocational support centers 

 

We are working with local, state, and federal partners to provide resources for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Visit our resource page for information about financial assistance opportunities available to your business at this time. 

We encourage residents to support local businesses during this time. Order carry out or delivery, shop online, or purchase pre-paid gift cards to redeem when restrictions are lifted.  

City Overnight Parking 

Effective immediately, the West Allis Police Department will temporarily cease issuing parking tickets for violations of the overnight parking ordinances.  However, they will continue to respond to complaints for violations of things such as obstructed traffic, loading zones, and handicapped parking. 

National Ave. Closure 

National Ave. will be closed from 76th to 82nd St. for critical infrastructure work beginning March 23. Follow detour signage to Greenfield Ave. Sign up to receive construction in progress reports at https://www.westalliswi.gov/notifyme 

 

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