Gov. Evers Orders Closure of Restaurants (Except Delivery/Takeout), Bars, Gyms, Malls, Theaters, & Gatherings of More than 10 People – Effective 3/17 at 5 p.m.; UW-Madison Goes to Online Classes for Remainder of Semester

In response to the increased spread of COVID-19 in the state, with currently 72 cases reported, Governor Evers ordered the closure of restaurants, bars, gyms, malls, theaters, and gatherings of more than 10 people effective Tues., 3/17 at 5 p.m. Restaurants may continue to provide food by take-out and delivery. Retail establishments “where large numbers of people are present but are generally not within arm’s length of one another for more than ten minutes” are exempt from the order. The order also applies to churches, raising the question as to whether Easter services may be held in person, as celebrated by most churches on April 12.

To view a copy of the Governor’s order click here.

The Banner wishes to support local restaurants during this extraordinarily difficult circumstance, and will be happy to post information about those establishments that will be providing take-out and/or delivery. It is hoped that some may even be willing to provide curbside pickup. You may also wish to consider purchasing gift cards for future use. Proprietors should send info to or use the “submit a story” button on the website masthead.

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