MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers announced Monday morning he had implemented an order ceasing all non-essential business in the state. The order took effect Tuesday morning. 

“Issuing a #SaferAtHome order isn’t something I thought we’d have to do and it’s not something I take lightly. But here’s the bottom line: folks need to start taking this seriously,” Evers said in a tweet thread. 

According to Evers, the decision comes after consultation with public health experts, business leaders and local elected officials across Wisconsin. 

“Overwhelmingly, the response I heard is that we need an all-hands-on-deck approach to stopping the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin,” Evers said. 

He said business leaders have told him it is imperative to slow the spread of COVID-19 and shut down those non-essential businesses. 

He also said people need to limit their interactions, recommending they only have contact with the same individuals and not different small groups. Citizens should also not schedule play dates, sleepovers or dinner parties. 

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