Emergency Orders - State

All Emergency Orders are on the Governor’s website here.

Executive Order 74, Relating to suspending in-person voting on April 7, 2020, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic — April 3, 2020

Gov. Evers Emergency Order 19: Appropriate Use of COVID-19 Information by Law Enforcement Agencies, First Responders, and Public Safety Workers — April 3, 2020

Department of Health Services Emergency Order #15: Temporarily Bans Foreclosures and Evictions

Under Emergency Order #15 , landlords are prohibited from serving any notice terminating a tenancy for failure to pay rent. As detailed in the order, landlords are also prohibited from commencing a civil action of eviction unless certain conditions are met.  The order went into effect March 26 and shall remain in place for 60 days.

In relation to Emergency Order #12 (Safer-at-Home), landlords or rental property managers shall avoid entering leased residential premises unless emergency maintenance is required. 

To support homeowners, renters and affordable housing providers, WHEDA has initiated a series of actions to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. WHEDA’s response will include additional, innovative solutions in the days ahead. More information about WHEDA’s support and available resources can be found here

Department of Health Services Emergency Order #12 Safer at Home  & Frequently Asked Questions

Emergency Order #12 Impact on Municipalities (PDF) by Steve Zach, Boardman & Clark LLP 

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Essential Business Listing 
NOTE:  An important clarification to businesses that qualify as Essential Businesses under the Safer at Home Order: You do NOT need to apply to WEDC for exemptions. All Nonessential Businesses, as defined by the order, must comply with the order.

Watch the Governor’s announcement on the League’s Facebook page and on the Dept of Health Services YouTube Channel.

Department of Health Services Emergency Order #8  Updated Mass Gathering Ban includes hair salons, barber shops, etc.

Department of Health Services Emergency Order #5 - Ban on Mass Gatherings

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ order prohibiting mass gatherings of 10 or more persons contains several exemptions, some of which provide local governments with flexibility in handling government operations during the public health emergency. Click here to read the full document.

Governor’s Authority

The scope of Governor’s emergency powers does not include suspending statutes. Read more about the Governor’s emergency powers in this recent Legislative Council Information Memorandum on: AUTHORITY OF PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS DURING A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY