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Governor Tony Evers declared a Safer at Home Order this morning stating that “All individuals present within the State of Wisconsin are ordered to stay at home or at their place of residence, with exceptions…”
Of those exceptions are those that are involved in the building and creation of essential infrastructure. Housing construction was named under the definition of essential infrastructure.
Additionally building and Construction Tradesmen and Tradeswomen are considered essential: “including but not limited to plumbers, electricians, carpenters, laborers, sheet metal, iron workers, masonry, pipe trades, fabricators, finishers, exterminators, pesticide application, cleaning and janitorial staff for commercial and governmental properties, security staff, operating engineers, HVAC, painting, moving and relocation services, forestry and arborists, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Functions, and Essential Businesses and Operations.”
The full order can be read here.
Minnesota has not yet declared a shelter-in-place order.
Your Housing First Minnesota advocacy team is closely working with decision-makers in St. Paul asking that if an order were to be placed, that it would be similar to most other states in deeming residential construction and associated activities as essential.
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