Mar 31, 2021

Governor's Order Struck Down by Supreme Court

On March 21, 2021 The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that Governor Tony Evers exceeded his authority in issuing multiple public health emergencies over the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This means that there is no longer a statewide mask mandate in place.

Keep in mind that even though the statewide public health emergency order was struck down, operators must still follow any local public health orders. WRA advises restaurant operators to check to see if their area has its own mask requirement.

While the statewide mask mandate is no longer in place, WRA advises restaurants to continue to follow the recommendations set forth by the National Restaurant Association, WEDC and FDA in addition to following any local and state mandates. Many customers will still want to see mask use by employees and customers to feel safe. Also, mask requirements help provide liability protection for the business.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Act (OSHA), employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm. Implementing a workplace COVID-19 prevention program is the most effective way to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 at work.

National Restaurant Association Guidelines
WEDC General Guidelines
WEDC Guidelines for Restaurants & Foodservice
FDA Guidelines
CDC Guidelines
OSHA Guidelines
More Guidelines and Info on the WRA Website

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