Brown County defines 'essential services'

The Brillion News

GREEN BAY - In an effort to help clarify orders set forth by the state, Brown County Public Health released guidelines on what is considered an "essential service" under the order Governor Tony Evers will impose on Tuesday, March 24.

The governor said his order would require non-essential businesses to shut down in the hope of limiting the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic here.

Below are the industries or establishments that are considered essential services, as defined by Evers, the Wisconsin Department of Health (DHS), and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA):

· Healthcare/ Public Health

· Law Enforcement, Public Safety, First Responders

· Food and Agriculture

· Energy

· Water and Wastewater

· Transportation and Logistics

· Public Works

· Communications and Information Technology

· Other Community-Based Government Operations and Essential Functions

· Hazardous Materials

· Critical Manufacturing

· Financial Services

· Chemical

· Defense Industrial Base


Detailed information regarding each of these segments can be found here:

https://www.cisa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/CISA-Guidance-on-Essential-Critical-Infrastructure-Workers-1-20-508c.pdf

If a business or establishment does not meet these criteria, the state is asking it to suspend services and close the business.

Brown County Public Health is encouraging everyone in Brown County — businesses, residents, agencies and other community partners — to practice social distancing.

People are asked to only go out into public to provide or obtain essential services while the order is in effect.

This is a rapidly evolving situation. To stay up-to-date on the latest information and changes please visit the following websites:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html;

DHS: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/index.htm;

Brown County news and information: https://www.browncountywi.gov/community/covid-19/general-information/

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