Wausau mayor does not plan local 'safer at home' order

Katie Rosenberg

(Photo courtesy of WAOW-TV)
Katie Rosenberg (Photo courtesy of WAOW-TV)

WAUSAU, WI (WSAU) -- Wausau's new mayor Katie Rosenberg says she does not intend to issue a local version of a 'safer at home' order. Rosenberg said in a social media post that she will await guidance from the Marathon County Health Department.

Her post on Facebook said, "If you are confused by what's going on, you are not alone. We've been through a lot of chaos recently, and I want to approach this is a methodical, fact-based, and lawful way." She also added, "continue washing your hands, [practice] social distancing, and wear cloth masks."

Many area restaurants and bars opened on Wednesday night as the court ruling became public.

North Central Health Care says it will continue to limit outside visitors at the nursing homes, community group home, and behavioral health hospital that they operate in the Wausau area.

Some cities and counties, including Milwaukee and Racine, Brown, Dane and Kenosha counties, put their own local 'safer at home' rules in place within hours of the state Supreme Court ruling that voided Governor Tony Ever's statewide order. 

The Greater Wausau Area Chamber of Commerce was planning an online briefing for its members at 11 AM Thursday. They advised businesses that were planning to reopen to follow the guidance from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. The chamber says they anticipate additional guidance from the Marathon County Health Department, and says they will share future updates.