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Posted on: March 24, 2020

March 24 Coronavirus Updates

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ELECTION INFORMATION

Vote Absentee – It’s safe, easy and fast. Voters can request a ballot to be mailed to them and check their registration status at the My Vote WI website. If voters do not have access to the internet, or if they are in need of a witness to their absentee ballot, they may contact the City Clerk’s Office at clerk@westalliswi.gov or 414-302-8220, to make an appointment.


STAY AT HOME ORDER

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) cases are increasing throughout the United States and Wisconsin. As of today, West Allis has 11 confirmed cases and has investigated dozens of suspect cases. We encourage you all to prevent illness and avoid exposure to this virus.

Earlier today, Governor Evers and the Department of Health Services outlined the details of the Safer at Home Order, effective from March 25 - April 24, 2020. Below is a summary of the key aspects outlined in this Order: 


Gatherings are not allowed: Individuals residing in the same household may gather together in any permitted location. Avoid social gatherings with people of all ages (including playdates and sleepovers, parties, large family dinners, visitors in your home, non-essential workers in your house);

The public should follow simple steps to prevent illness and avoid exposure to this virus including: 

  • Frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water;
  • Covering coughs and sneezes;
  • Avoiding touching your face; and
  • Stay home as much as possible: #StayHomeSaveLives

Limit travel: Trips outside of the home should only be to stores to obtain goods, including groceries, essential household items or supplies, medication and other services, such as medical appointments, for yourself or anyone you may be caring for. Traveling to exercise outdoors on trails or pathways is allowed and encouraged, as long as social distancing practices are maintained. 

Residents should continue to practice social distancing whenever possible. Residents are able to:

  • Perform tasks essential to maintain health and safety, such as obtaining medicine or seeing a doctor;
  • Get necessary services or supplies for themselves or their family or household members, such as getting groceries and essential household items, pet food and supplies necessary for staying at home;
  • Travel to, and care for, a family member in another household; and
  • Care for older adults, minors, dependents, people with disabilities or other vulnerable persons.

Businesses allowed to operate under the Safer at Home order include, but are not limited to: 

  • Health care operations, including home health workers;
  • Critical infrastructure;
  • Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise vulnerable individuals;
  • Fresh and non-perishable food retailers, including convenience stores, grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and food banks;
  • Restaurants may remain open for carry-out or delivery service only
  • Businesses that ship or deliver mail, groceries, food and goods directly to residences;
  • Pharmacies, health care supply stores and health care facilities;
  • Child care facilities, with some limitations
  • Gas stations and auto repair facilities;
  • Banks;
  • Laundry businesses, dry cleaners and services necessary for maintaining the safety, sanitation and essential operation of a residence, including garbage collection;
  • Hardware stores, plumbers, and electricians;
  • Educational institutions, for the purposes of facilitating distance learning;
  • Roles required for any business to maintain minimum basic operations, which includes security, and payroll;
  • Law and safety, and essential government functions will continue under the recommended action;
  • Transportation providers including airlines, taxis, vehicle rental services, and other public, private, and commercial transportation; and
  • Hotels and motels.

The order contains detailed information regarding the exemptions provided to certain businesses. If a business is unsure about whether or not they are exempted from this order, please contact the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation online: https://wedc.org/essentialbusiness/

Additional information about COVID-19

Thank you for your cooperation in these challenging times. We will continue to keep you informed through the various communication channels.

Stay home. Save Lives!

Enforcement

This Order is enforceable by any local law enforcement official, including county sheriffs. Violation or obstruction of this Order is punishable by up to 30 days imprisonment, or up to $250 fine, or both. Wis. Stat. § 252.25.


Parking Enforcement Reminder

As of Sunday, March 22, 2020, the West Allis Police Department has temporarily ceased issuing parking tickets for violations of the overnight parking ordinances. However, West Allis Police will continue to respond to complaints about violations of things such as obstructed traffic, loading zones, and handicapped parking.

Advanced notice will be given when these types of ticketing are scheduled to resume. To help ensure you don’t get ticketed at some point down the road (because you didn’t receive the advanced notice), it is recommended to continue alternating sides and to continue parking with a valid permit. In the event of a snowstorm, West Allis Police will resume issuing citations to ensure that the streets are passable.


New Closures

Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District has closed all MMSD Hazardous Material drop off sites as of today, until further notice. For more information, visit their website at https://www.mmsd.com/what-you-can-do/home-haz-mat-collection.


Your Help Needed: Donate Medical Supplies

Donate supplies for health care providers treating patients infected with the novel coronavirus at Wisconsin State Fair Park. Donations can be made in the parking lot at the Tommy G. Thompson Youth Center, 640 S. 84th Street. Drop-offs will be accepted at Gate 5 located off of 84th Street

Donate any of the following new or unused supplies: N95 masks, dust masks, or paper surgical masks, safety glasses, protective gowns or suits, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and sprays, and disposable medical gloves.



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