Patrons practice social distancing at the Cork Down Saloon in Blanchardville, which reopened a day after the state Supreme Court struck down the state's "safer at home" order. Merchants around the state scrambled to adjust to the sudden lifting of the order, which has resulted in a patchwork of local orders and voluntary guidelines instead.
A day after the Wisconsin Supreme Court tossed out a statewide stay-at-home order, cities and counties embarked on a hodge-podge of strategies for containing the COVID-19 pandemic, ranging from continuing the state order at the local level to allowing bars, restaurants and retail establishments to open up without restrictions.
Wednesday’s court ruling threw much of the state into chaos, as bars in some areas immediately reopened to packed houses while public health authorities in places such as Dane and Milwaukee counties imposed their own stay-at-home orders.
Gov. Tony Evers and Republican leaders in the Legislature began taking tentative steps toward
crafting a new statewide approach after the Legislature successfully challenged Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm’s emergency orders. But any new plan could take days or weeks to work out.
In the meantime, local orders — primarily in south-central and eastern Wisconsin and the Fox Valley — mandated the continued closure of bars, restaurants and nonessential businesses except for delivery, takeout or curbside service.
The confusion over where the state goes next comes as the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 and the percentage of positive tests ticked upward after several days in which both measures had generally been going down. As of Thursday, there were 11,275 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin and 434 deaths, with about 6.4% of those tested coming back positive, according to the state Department of Health Services.
Evers had been slowly easing restrictions on closed businesses in Wisconsin as the percentage of new cases dropped and as other metrics that were a part of his reopening plan were met. Earlier this week, the governor allowed all nonessential retail businesses to allow up to five customers in a store at one time.
Diving right in
Some businesses didn’t waste a moment celebrating Wednesday’s court’s ruling, which found Palm exceeded her authority by extending the administration’s “safer at home” order without involving the Legislature. The Tavern League of Wisconsin swiftly posted the news on its website,
telling members, “You can OPEN IMMEDIATELY!“ Nick’s Bar in Platteville, in far southwestern Wisconsin, posted a 30-second video late Wednesday that showed the bar teeming with people drinking, talking and bobbing their heads to music.
Others took a more measured approach, saying they planned to wait until May 26, when the state’s extended shutdown order was due to expire. Even for those that do plan to open, the Wisconsin Restaurant Association urged members to follow state and association guidelines for reopening safely. And some large chains planned to stay closed indefinitely.
Menomonee Falls-based Kohl’s had not set a date to open any of its Wisconsin stores, although stores in some other states reopened this week.
John Winger, left, and his cousin, Kriton Fjelstad, used two of the bar stools that were spread out for social distancing Thursday at The Press Box in Richland Center.
Play it safe In a video statement, Scott Manley, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce executive vice president for government relations, urged businesses to follow “common sense” guidelines. Those include frequent sanitation of work surfaces, encouraging handwashing and keeping a physical distance between employees when possible.
“Businesses that want to reopen are doing the same thing that businesses have been doing all along throughout this,” Manley said.
Few salons and barbershops appeared ready to reopen immediately, even in places with no local shutdown order, but several were planning to resume business in a week or two.
A few hours after announcing plans to reopen next week, Annie Brown, owner of Annie’s Barbershop in Reedsburg, and the two other barbers who work there were booked through the week with more than 100 appointments scheduled.
“We are eager to reopen because our financial situation is real,” Brown said. “Having to close was terrifying.”
Brown and the other barbers lost close to two months of pay from appointments that couldn’t be held under the order. Brown was frustrated by Evers’ “safer at home” restrictions, she said, because her profession already requires disinfectant protocols to be followed under normal conditions.
Even with the restrictions lifted, Brown said it won’t quite be business as usual at the barbershop.
“We’re going to reopen with COVID on the brain,” Brown said, including extra sanitation and staggering appointments to minimize customers coming in contact with one another. Customers will also be asked to wait outside or in their cars until their appointment, and barbers will wear masks and have masks available for customers upon request.
Daniel Miller, owner of Ocooch Books & Libations in Richland Center, displays his inventory in the storefront window for customers to shop Thursday.
In Muscoda in northeastern Grant County, Janae Hatch hasn’t cut or styled a head of hair since March 19. On Thursday, she was busy answering the phone at Top Notch Hair Design as clients began making appointments for next week. The shop is scheduled to open on Monday with plenty of hand sanitizer, masks for workers and alternating schedules so the four chairs in the shop aren’t occupied all at the same time. Customers will also be required to wear masks.
“There’s just so many unknown questions,” said Hatch, who has been cutting hair for eight years but isn’t concerned about her safety. “I feel like people will be healthy coming in. Or at least they should be.”
At The Cutting Edge Hair and Wellness Salon in Richland Center, owner Danielle Toney Munz was busy cleaning for Friday’s opening after not expecting to resume operations until late June or July. She was apprehensive about opening because she knows firsthand about the severity of the coronavirus. One of her clients was among those from Richland County who died from the virus, while another customer recovered from the disease.
“That makes it hard,” Toney Munz said of her decision to reopen. “I think it was very irresponsible for (the Supreme Court) to just announce late (Wednesday) night that we could open (Thursday). I don’t think there was a lot of thought put behind that, especially for businesses like ours with very strict rules and measures.”
Danielle Toney Munz cleans the floor of her Richland Center salon in preparation for reopening on Friday.
She’s also requiring masks be worn by all of her customers — and will wear one herself — and is installing two air purifiers. And she plans to sanitize between each appointment and has purchased disposable capes, stopped taking walk-ins and will only allow one person in the waiting room at a time.
“I feel we’re as prepared as we’ll ever be,” Toney Munz said. “I’d rather overdo it than underdo.”
State Journal reporters Riley Vetterkind, Chris Rickert, Shelley K. Mesch and Barry Adams, and The Associated Press contributed to this report. Masks, closures and distancing: A look at how COVID-19 is affecting Wisconsin
Mask use is already common in Madison, including congested State Street, above, after Dane County began requiring masks in enclosed buildings July 13. On Thursday, Gov. Tony Evers issued a similar mandate statewide.
In-person absentee voting begins
In-person absentee voting began Tuesday in Madison for the Aug. 11 primary in which four Madison-area legislative seats are up for grabs.
Middleton High drive-up graduation
Riding in a trailer behind her parents' car, Middleton High School senior Zielyn Boozer celebrates during the drive-up graduation ceremony.
Between 50 and 75 people gather Thursday outside the state Capitol to protest mask-wearing and mask mandates as an infringement on their freedom. Masks have been shown to be useful tools in mitigating the spread of COVID-19.
Making COVID-19 masks
Erin Eckberg reviews her mask patterns. In the past week, more than 70 child care providers have requested more than 5,000 masks for children.
Shortage of coins
Cash transactions are on the decline as retailers, like Willy Street Co-op, are encouraging customers to pay with a credit or debit card, or exact change, in the wake of a national coin shortage.
Alyssa Smith, a lifeguard stationed at the bottom of the water slides at Goodman Pool, helps a young swimmer get to shallower water. Only lifeguards in shallow water wear masks.
Goodman Pool employee Lily Wong, right, keeps track of the number of people entering the pool. The pool has reduced its capacity from 1,000 people to 250 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
YMCA summer camp
Counselor Devan Bowers, right, plays a card game with Natalia Thomas, 10, during summer camp at Lussier Family East YMCA, earlier this month. Camp enrollment was down 20% this year due to COVID-19.
Carrie Meyer, of Dane County Emergency Management, with masks organized for distribution Wednesday at the agency's office in the town of Blooming Grove. Several county departments and local community groups are working to help ensure all Dane County residents have access to face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic by distributing 100,000 free cloth masks.
Merta Maaneb de Macedo talks to an individual on the phone as she does contact tracing for COVID-19 in an office at Public Health Madison and Dane County in Madison, Wis., Tuesday, July 14, 2020. AMBER ARNOLD, STATE JOURNAL
Doctor talking to patient
Dr. Elizabeth Larson, center, reviews test results with Gerardo Chamorro, of Middleton, while Yaudie "Emily" Parrales Knoff translates from Spanish to English, at Our Lady of Hope Clinic, a free clinic on Madison's West Side. Free clinics are seeing a stream of pent-up desire for care amid the pandemic's joblessness.
Outdoor class at Pinnacle
People take part in a kick and cardio class in the parking lot of Pinnacle Health and Fitness in Fitchburg on Monday, when Dane County's order requiring people to wear masks in buildings took effect. Masks are optional for people outside when proper social distancing can be maintained.
Ava Eckhart, of Madison, works out using a punching bag — and a mask — inside Pinnacle Health and Fitness in Fitchburg on Monday.
Starlite 14 drive-in theater
Coronavirus protocols are part of the landscape for Holly Johnson, center, co-owner of the Starlite 14 Drive-In. All employees wear masks, and the concession stand has a separate entrance and exit.
Starlite 14 drive-in theater
Jeremy Bristol, left, of Basswood, and Alex Buroker, of Gillingham, take in "The Fast and the Furious" on Friday at the Starlite 14 Drive-In theater in Richland Center. The drive-in has been a summer staple since 1953 and reopened July 3 under new ownership.
Masks to be required
Patrons of Colectivo on State Street in Madison, Wis. converse while wearing masks Tuesday, July 7, 2020. Pictured from left are Helen Brownstein, McKinley Clemons, Julia Rodman and Eve Alterman. JOHN HART, STATE JOURNAL
News conference on masks
Janel Heinrich, director of Public Health Madison and Dane County, said wearing masks, which will be required indoors starting Monday, can help curb the COVID-19 pandemic. "If all of us who can wear a mask do so, we can get back parts of our normal lives while also not spreading COVID-19 to others," she said.
KleenMark workers Leonora Dioses and Cesar Diaz clean an office on the West Side of Madison, Wis. Wednesday, July 1, 2020. JOHN HART, STATE JOURNAL
Jess Dye, owner of Mackesey's Irish Pub, makes a drink for a customer Wednesday at the State Street bar a day before new restrictions take effect limiting bars in Dane County to takeout and outdoor seating only.
"I love it out here," Jimmy White says of the campsite he shares with others off a trail in a Madison city park. Fearful of contracting COVID-19 at a shelter, and with warmer weather settling in, many homeless people have turned to camping as a way to maintain social distance during the pandemic. But there is also reduced access to proper hygiene.
Heather Hypse rests outside her tent on Madison's East Side. She and her companion, Richard Potenberg, have jobs and hope to find housing.
See Yang is tested for COVID-19 by Jane Peace, a nurse practitioner with University Health Services, as part of a new neighborhood testing site that opened on Madison's Southwest Side. The site is geared toward communities of color that are disproportionately impacted by the new coronavirus.
Tutankhamun "Coach" Assad, CEO and founder of the Mellowhood Foundation, visits a neighborhood COVID-19 testing site Tuesday that he helped set up to serve residents on Madison's Southwest Side.
Antalasia Branch hands out information about COVID-19 after people were tested Tuesday.
Henry Vilas Zoo reopens
Deynah Thao, 7, gets a close look at a grizzly bear during a trip to Henry Vilas Zoo on June 18, on the first day of the reopening of the zoo since it closed due to COVID-19 concerns.
Union Terrace reopening
Susan Dibbell, deputy director of the Memorial Union, cleans off Terrace tables June 18. The Union announced plans to reopen its Terrace the next week but with reservation-style seating and extra space between tables.
A Day to Remember
Nicole Lee, 19, dances with Mel Boudreau, left, as a party crew from Heartland Church in Sun Prairie visits Lee outside her home June 14 for "A Day to Remember." The church was unable to host its annual "Night to Remember" at Monona Terrace, a prom-like experience for people with special needs.
West High grads
Graduates from Madison West High School’s class of 2020 parade down Chadbourne Avenue to the high school on June 13. The event mostly included graduates who live in the University Heights neighborhood.
Wearing a pool-mandated face mask, Ridgewood Pool lifeguard Zeke Sebastian works his shift at the facility Friday.
Grads on the Yahara
Members of the 2020 graduating class of Madison East High School celebrate with a boat parade along the Yahara River on June 12. Observing social distancing guidelines and donning caps and gowns for the occasion, the seniors were honored from the shores of the waterway with cheers, signs and music as part of the loosely organized, parent-led event in the Tenney-Lapham and Marquette neighborhoods.
Lowell Elementary School fifth-grader Zale Thoronka, second from right, celebrates his graduation with a home visit June 9 from his teacher Pam Brandt, left, and student teacher Ally Schleh, as well as his mother Kerry Zaleski, holding dog, and father Abdul Thoronka.
Tribes battling steep losses
Masks and acrylic dividers are now part of the experience at Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison, the first of six Ho-Chunk casinos to reopen after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kennels intended to house napping dogs sit empty at Duncan's Dog Daycare, 4351 East Towne Way. Owner Samantha Fiscus, with her schnauzer, Duncan, hopes to make it until fall when more people could be headed back to offices and school.
Picking up belongings
Davion Sheriff, a graduating fifth-grader at Orchard Elementary School, carries the contents of his desk and locker after picking up his belongings at the school June 9. Students were invited back to the school grounds for the first time since in-person classes were canceled on March 13 due to the coronavirus pandemic. As students waited outside, teachers and staff delivered their materials in plastic bags. Pictured behind is faculty member Dominique Harvey.
Carryout orders are served through an opening in the plywood-covered facade of Himal Chuli on State Street in Madison. Many State Street businesses say they won't reopen after the COVID-19 pandemic and recent vandalism.
Cyclists pedal along Atwood Avenue Friday, where city officials used temporary barricades to close one lane to automobile traffic after the response to the coronavirus pandemic resulted in fewer cars -- and more bikes -- on the road.
Pews in the chapel of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Madison are taped to offer social distancing.
Msgr. Kevin Holmes walks among the pews at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Madison, taped off to limit seating in every other row. The church is preparing to increase its allowed attendance to 25% of capacity.
Prepping for reopening
With some YMCA of Dane County summer camps starting Monday, Torrey Calkins, left, and Pricilla Driscoll organize supplies in Sun Prairie for the Discovery Day Camp. Several organizations are hosting in-person day camps, but they will look starkly different in the summer of COVID-19.
Warner Park - screening
Tanesha Johnson, with Per Mar Security, takes the temperatures of men entering the temporary men's shelter at Warner Park. The temporary shelter has allowed better safety measures for guests during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Outdoor Dining East Main
— including Andy Lambert and Tommy Sweeney, right — visit the outdoor seating area Wednesday at Maduro, 117 E. Main St. The 100 block of East Main Street is a block singled out by the city for expanded outdoor dining.
Spacing out customers
Jack Sosnowski, owner of Buck & Badger Northwoods Lodge on State Street, measures his tables to be at least 6 feet apart on Tuesday, May 26. Merchants across Dane County were allowed to reopen Tuesday at 25% capacity and with other restrictions mandated under the health department's reopening plan, Forward Dane.
Getting a tattoo
Nathan Meronek, left, of Stevens Point, gets a tattoo Tuesday, May 26, of a snake and dagger on his arm by tattoo artist Quinn Campbell at Isthmus Tattoo and Social Club on State Street.
Memorial Day ceremony
Visitors observe the ceremony -- with protective face masks -- put on May 23 by the Madison Veterans Council at Forest Hills Cemetery.
Memorial Day weekend
Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park was the only major resort in Wisconsin Dells to open for the Memorial Day weekend, but had only a minimal crowd. Up to 16,000 people a day can visit the resort but less than 2,000 were expected Saturday, May 23, amid the COVID-19 crisis and a threat of rain.
Memorial Day weekend
Tom Diehl, one of the deans of the state's tourism industry, will not open his Tommy Bartlett Show on Lake Delton this summer, but is hoping to stay afloat with his Exploratory Interactive Science Center. Diehl expects business to be down this season by 50% and for Memorial Day weekend, down 85% to 90%.
Hair on Monroe co-owner Tony Jensen wears one of the masks and face shields that will be required of all the salon's stylists when the business reopens.
Pinnacle Health and Fitness president Mike McMahon on May 21 displays bottles of sanitizer that will be provided to members. McMahon plans to close the gym for an hour each afternoon for deep cleaning.
Duck Pond Drive-In
Leo Jones, 5, watches the movie "Aladdin" from the window of a car during the opening night of the Duck Pond Drive-In outdoor movie series at the home of the Madison Mallards team at Warner Park in Madison, Wis. Wednesday, May 20, 2020. JOHN HART, STATE JOURNAL
Memorial Union crowd
With clear skies and a high of 70 degrees there was little social distancing on display at UW-Madison's Alumni Park on May 20. Hours later, the university announced an order limiting gatherings on campus and said it would install temporary fencing along the lake shore and other popular spots to limit access. While nicer weather is on the way Thursday and Friday, public health officials are urging people to stay safe by enjoying the outdoors at a distance from others to help contain COVID-19.
Child care at YMCA
Dorothy Phimmasene, a lead teacher's assistant for the Madison YMCA, helps a child wash his hands May 18 at the Lussier Family West YMCA. State officials announced a plan to provide aid to the child care industry.
Bikers on Arboretum Drive
Closing most of Arboretum Drive is intended to reduce potential conflicts between motorists and other visitors. The two co-exist here May 15.
Brittingham Boats employee Claire Cambray cleans a kayak after it was used by a customer. The boat rental company opened Friday, May 15, with new social-distancing and disinfecting protocols.
Doug Martyniuk, left, and his son, Dave, have lunch May 14 at Richland Family Restaurant in Richland Center. “We can’t hide under a rock," Doug Martyniuk said. "Places have to survive. I’m glad he’s open. I’m going stir crazy working from home.”
COVID-19 businesses reopen
Danielle Toney Munz cleans the floor of her Richland Center salon in preparation for reopening on Friday, May 15.
Restaurant, bars reopen
Following a Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling allowing for the re-opening of businesses closed during the coronavirus pandemic, patrons and workers at the Cork Down Saloon in Blanchardville, Wis. gather at the bar of the business Thursday, May 14, 2020. JOHN HART, STATE JOURNAL
Dentist with patient
Dr. Patrick Tepe, of Associated Dentists in Verona, wears two types of masks, a face shield and a single-use gown, when seeing patients such as Aaron Ruegsegger. With them is assistant Alicia Dudei. Some doctors say people should put off routine teeth cleanings because of the coronavirus, but Tepe says it's safe if dentists take precautions.
Dane County institutes order
Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announces a new county public health order Wednesday after the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down the state's stay-at-home order.
Beef Butter BBQ worker Katy Naig carries an order placed online to a customer's waiting car outside the business at lunchtime May 13. Patrick Riha, who opened the Sherman Avenue restaurant in 2018, said restaurant owners who have online ordering prefer customers order takeout food that way rather than on the phone.
Small retailers reopening
Amy Moore, owner of Little Luxuries on State Street in Madison, tends her business Monday as area retailers prepare for a gradual reopening of their businesses.
Shoe store reopening
Jeff Langner, right, works with Patricia Grillot, Madison, on finding the shoes on the first day that Morgan Shoes was open again. Stores are navigating ways to reopen after Gov. Evers' announcement that came as a surprise Monday. Morgan Shoes says they were able to reopen so quickly because they already had a plan in place for how to manage social distancing. The store was photographed Tuesday, May 12, 2020. STEVE APPS, STATE JOURNAL
COVID 19 testing site
Workers wearing protective equipment get samples from people in their vehicles during a free drive-thru community testing for COVID-19 operated by the Wisconsin National Guard at Alliant Energy Center's New Holland Pavillion Monday.
COVID 19 testing site
Workers gather information from people wanting to be tested for COVID-19 at a free drive-thru community testing site that started Monday at Alliant Energy Center's New Holland Pavilion in Madison. The testing is run by the Wisconsin National Guard.
UW-Madison virtual graduation
UW-Madison graduates, from left, Jacob Tottleben, of St. Louis, Lindsey Fischer, of La Crosse, and Olivia Gonzalez, of Milwaukee, open bottles of champagne at the State and Park Street crosswalk to celebrate after watching their virtual spring commencement ceremony on the rooftop of Fischer's apartment, on campus in Madison, Wis., Saturday, May 9, 2020. AMBER ARNOLD, STATE JOURNAL
Monona Library Curbside
Books requested for checkout through the Monona Public Library are placed on a table for curbside pickup. The Madison Public Library will introduce curbside pickup on Monday.
A sign in the meat department at Metcalfe's Market at the Hilldale Shopping Center in Madison, Wis., Thursday, May 7, 2020. AMBER ARNOLD, STATE JOURNAL
Homeless in parks
Homeless for months after contending with a debilitating health condition, Victor Jamrock, 53, has been spending his nights along State Street. From his perch in Lisa Link Peace Park on Thursday, the former industrial mechanic said he will be looking for a new place to stay overnight after he was asked to leave earlier in the day. Madison is now allowing homeless people to camp in certain parks, though not likely Lisa Link.
A statue of Abraham Lincoln, a traditional gathering spot for UW-Madison graduates to take "selfies" and other photographs, was fenced off to visitors just before Saturday's online commencement ceremony to avoid further spread of COVID-19.
River Food Pantry
Volunteer Chandler Krajco helps fill carts Wednesday at The River Food Pantry. To combat food shortages for those hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway is proposing an initiative led by the Madison Food Policy Council to focus on food collection, storage and distribution of local agricultural products into local and regional markets.
Dane County tourism
Normally bustling in the spring, the UW-Madison Terrace in Madison, Wis. is largely deserted as the university campus remains closed during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic Monday, May 4, 2020 JOHN HART, STATE JOURNAL
"Outside Looking In: A Drive-Thru Exhibition"
Diane Agans of Madison gets a closer look at art displayed in windows as part of "Outside Looking In: A Drive-Thru Exhibition" at Garver Feed Mill.
Eau Claire-based Menards is moving toward requiring customers to wear masks in all its stores. A sign outside Menards in Monona says children under the age of 16 and pets will not be allowed in the store due to concerns about spreading COVID-19.
Covid Assembly Hearing
Attendees at Thursday's hearing of the Assembly Committee on State Affairs observe social distancing.
Memorial Library on UW-Madison's campus is closed Wednesday. Officials estimate that newly planned employee furloughs and pay cuts will save the school up to $30 million of an estimated $100 million shortfall.
Stay safe, Badgers
A statue of Bucky Badger on UW-Madison's campus dons a makeshift face mask Monday, a reminder to stay safe and socially distant during the COVID-19 outbreak. The sculpture, created by artist Douwe Blumberg and titled "Well Red," sits next to the Union Terrace, currently closed because of the pandemic.
Celebrating 103 - From a distance
Unable to enter his residence due to ongoing coronavirus precautions, family members and friends of Donald Harrop celebrate his 103rd birthday through a closed doorway at the Milestone Senior Living Center in Cross Plains, Wis. Friday, April 24, 2020. Born in 1917, Harrop has now experienced two pandemics, the Spanish Flu of 1918, and the current COVID-19 crisis. Speaking to him through mobile phones are his granddaughter Tina Klimke and his great-granddaughter, Taylor Ziegler. JOHN HART, STATE JOURNAL
Motorists make their way around the state Capitol during a Friday rally against Gov. Tony Evers' extended stay-at-home order due to COVID-19.
COVID-19 candle installation
Ani Weaver, from Dodgeville who has been a registered nurse in Madison for 17 years, speaks to the media after helping install roughly 1,300 battery operated candles to recognize people in Wisconsin that have been hospitalized due to COVID-19 in Madison, Wis., Thursday, April 23, 2020. AMBER ARNOLD, STATE JOURNAL
COVID-19 candle installation
Roughly 1,300 battery operated candles are on display outside the Wisconsin State Capitol to recognize people in Wisconsin that have been hospitalized due to COVID-19 in Madison, Wis., Thursday, April 23, 2020. AMBER ARNOLD, STATE JOURNAL
A fishing opener amid COVID-19
At Kate's Bait & Sporting Goods north of Dodgeville, owner Kate Mosley is seen through her new walk-up window, which has been equipped with a doorbell. On the inside she has a stool and credit card reader, and will take orders for bait and tackle, turkey hunting supplies and other items. Mosley is trying to stay above water as nearby lakes are closed and many boat ramps on the Wisconsin River are barricaded due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
COVID-19 UW-Madison students
Powers works on virtually building Bascom Hall in Minecraft at his Madison apartment Thursday. The goal is to re-create the entire UW-Madison campus in the video game.
Covid Public Employees
Alliant Energy Center janitor David DeGolyer cleans and sanitizes a restroom in the Exhibition Hall of the campus.
Act of Appreciation
Health care providers with a SSM Health Dean Medical Group Clinic on North High Point Road send a message of thanks from the roof of their building after the clinic's entire staff received lunches from Capitol Bank, one of their neighbors, in Madison, Wis. Wednesday, April 22, 2020. The meals, offered as a way to thank the workers for their efforts during a challenging time, were purchased from several area restaurants as part of an ongoing "Power of Community" campaign organized through the Wisconsin Bankers Association.
Brazelton with video screen
Dr. Tom Brazelton, a pediatrician and medical director for telehealth at UW Health, talks to a nurse in a patient's room at American Family Children's Hospital. UW Health and other providers are using telehealth more for inpatient and outpatient care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Saris stays busy
Saris employee Jessica Lopez works adjacent to a testing apparatus at the Saris production facility in Fitchburg. With many people around the world confined to their homes, the company has seen a surge in demand for stationary trainers, which allow users to ride their bikes indoors.
Aidan Larson with the Madison Parking Utility opens envelopes with absentee ballots from last week's election at a facility on the city's East Side Monday. An unprecedented number of absentee ballot requests, and questions about whether certain ballots were mailed in time, delayed the vote count in Madison and elsewhere Monday.
UW Covid Testing
Lisa Wilson, a UW Health Clinic medical technologist, processes patient samples to be tested for the COVID-19 virus in UW-Health's Molecular Diagnostic Clean Room on UW-Madison's campus.
Covid State Parks
Visitors to Governor Dodge State Park near Dodgeville gather at the entrance to a hiking trail at the park Thursday. Gov. Tony Evers has closed 40 state parks, forests and recreational areas to address public health concerns during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.
Rhonda Adams, Vice President & Director of Advancement at River Food Pantry, left, and Kelsey Dalrymple with some of the Easter baskets that were being handed out. River Food Pantry on Madison's Northside distributied Easter baskets to area residents along with food Thursday April 9, 2020. The Easter items were included Tuesday through today. Many of the items included are donations made due in part to the outbreak. STEVE APPS, STATE JOURNAL
As social distancing progressed into an official order to stay in our homes, Madison has started to look more like an empty shell rather than …
Election Day with COVID-19
Benjamin Olneck-Brown, left, and Laura Muller organize absentee ballots Tuesday at the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center in Madison.
COVID-19 Journaling Project
Braiya Nolan, 17, records an entry last week in her journal on the back deck of her family's home in Williams Bay. The high school junior is among more than 800 people of all ages taking part in the Wisconsin Historical Society's COVID-19 Journal Project.
Election Day protest
Maya Banks of Madison on Tuesday protests the decision by the Republican-controlled Legislature and conservatives on the state Supreme Court to proceed with the election during a global health crisis.
Election Day with COVID-19
Election workers outside the Madison Municipal Building wear protective medical equipment while assisting voters with curbside voting during the state's spring election Tuesday.
Honoring Essential Workers
A window decorated by 10-year-old Amina Diallo at her home in Deforest, Wis. offers support to essential workers continuing their duties in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Part of a nationwide effort to show appreciation for those whose careers are required during the global health crisis, each color represents a different line of work. Among the groups included are healthcare workers, of which her mother, BethAnn Soiliman-Abdalla, a nurse, is included. She is pictured at her home Wednesday, April 1, 2020. JOHN HART, STATE JOURNAL
Metro Transit Butler
Madison Metro Transit worker Cindy Butler cleans and sanitizes one of the city's buses in the system's garage. Drivers are cleaning coaches to keep coworkers and the public safe after route cuts.
Election set for Tuesday
Steven King, facilities coordinator for the Madison Department of Engineering, shows off the plexiglass shields that will be installed at each of the city's 66 polling places to separate voters from poll workers in Tuesday's off-again/on-again election.
Starship robots wait to cross Park Street on UW-Madison's nearly deserted campus last week.
Dr. Matt Nolan has an "air hug" with his son Condict, 3, outside of the family's home on Madison's West Side. Dr. Maggie Nolan holds their son Arthur, 1, with Charlotte, 6, nearby. Matt Nolan, who works for UW Health, has been the main doctor recently in UnityPoint Health-Meriter's intensive care unit, which is seeing more COVID-19 patients. Out of caution, he has limited contact with the children. Maggie Nolan is doing research related to the pandemic.
Stressed over closure
Anna Hauser has had to find ways to replace the services her 14-year-old son, Xavier, is not receiving at school.
Amy Shircel, former COVID-19 patient
UW-Madison senior Amy Shircel, who recently recovered from COVID-19, outside her Downtown Madison apartment where she spent nearly two weeks battling the infection alone.
Employees deliver goods to customers Wednesday in the parking lot of Best Buy in Madison. County governments are bracing for sales tax revenue to plummet, but the exact impact is hard to predict as some online and pick-up sales continue.
Playgrounds in Wisconsin, including the one next to Emerson Elementary on Madison's East Side, are among the public facilities closed during the COVID-19 crisis.
Little Library closed
All of Madison's public libraries have closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In some cases, even the Little Free Libraries like this one on Hoard Street on Madison's East Side, have closed.
Health care workers at UW Health are using face shields and masks to help stop the spread of COVID-19, but whether the general public should wear masks has become more of a topic for debate.
The main entrance and exit for UW Hospital has become a screening zone for COVID-19, as workers check visitors for potential symptoms and exposure before allowing them inside.
Motorists are offered a $10 car wash on Williamson Street in Madison, Wis., Tuesday, March 31, 2020. AMBER ARNOLD, STATE JOURNAL
A "rent strike" sign hangs from a balcony outside a home on Williamson Street in Madison, Wis., Tuesday, March 31, 2020. AMBER ARNOLD, STATE JOURNAL
Poll worker Karen Lee Weidig helps facilitate drive-up voting Tuesday in front of the City-County Building in Madison. City officials have set up parking spaces in front of the building to help people with absentee voting.
Taking advantage of the region's trend toward more moderate, spring-like temperatures, Jeff Reimann and his daughters Silvia, 7, and Mira, 4, and their Pumi breed dog, Remy, enjoy a cargo bike ride through Vilas Park in Madison, Wis. Friday, March 27, 2020. JOHN HART, STATE JOURNAL
Lori and Chris Robson
Lori and Chris Robson, of Chris & Lori's Bakehouse in Poynette, wait for customers to pick up their orders Thursday during a pilot program through the Dane County Farmers’ Market.
Chad Backes, with Ducks in a Row Family Farm near Arena, was one of a handful of vendors who participated in the Dane County Farmers Markets' "Local Food Pick Up" pilot program, which began last week.
Businesses along Broadway in downtown Wisconsin Dells, Wis., Thursday, March 26, 2020. AMBER ARNOLD, STATE JOURNAL
Wisconsin Dells Parkway in Wisconsin Dells is normally bustling with spring break traffic this time of year, but last week was largely void of vehicles. Most of the businesses in Wisconsin Dells, where tourism is a more than $1 billion industry, are closed.
City Church live stream
Youth pastor Joe Guglielmo, left, and Nathan Rohde, worship pastor, prepare to livestream Tuesday Night Prayer at City Church, 4909 E. Buckeye Road, on March 24.
Members of the Madison Veterans' Firing Squad position themselves for a rifle salute to Christian.
“We will maintain as long as we can,” said deputy commander Joseph Lustgraaf.
Mourners stand separated in observance of social distancing guidelines Tuesday as Glen Christian is buried at Highland Memory Gardens in Cottage Grove. Restrictions on gatherings of 10 or more people have separated mourners and delayed memorial services indefinitely.
COVID-19 Sewn Masks
Jen Mulder, owner of the Electric Needle, prepares a batch of homemade cloth masks dropped off at her West Side store.
A jogger crosses an otherwise empty West Washington Avenue Wednesday, the first day of Gov. Tony Evers' "safer at home" order, which closed many businesses. Traffic volumes on local streets were down about 40% last week as schools closed, events were canceled and gatherings limited.
John Hicks getting a meal
John Hicks takes a Meals on Wheels dinner out of a cooler on the porch of his Madison home after delivery by volunteer Rachel Desertspring, left. Meals on Wheels is still operating, but with special precautions. Before the outbreak, Desertspring would bring meals inside and chat in the kitchen.
Rachel putting food in cooler
Meals on Wheels volunteer Rachel Desertspring puts meals in a cooler on the Madison porch of client John Hicks. Independent Living, which runs the dinner program in Madison, and SSM Health at Home, which runs the lunch program, have been serving more people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wisconsin Senate President Roger Roth, middle right, during the mock session. The state Senate for the first time is piloting their emergency virtual session capabilities in case they need to convene outside of the building. On Tuesday March 24, 2020 Senate leadership stand-ins were using Skype and potentially other technology in the Joint Finance Committee Room to pilot a mock session. STEVE APPS, STATE JOURNAL
Covid Golf Courses 1
Michael Heathman of Madison heads out for a round of golf Monday at The Bridges Golf Course in Madison. In response to the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the course has removed rakes from bunkers, altered green holes to eliminate the need for flag removal and limited carts to single riders.
Tony Evers to order nonessential businesses to close
A rider waits for a bus Monday along a shuttered State Street in Madison.
Tony Evers to order businesses to shut down to battle COVID-19
The marquee on the Orpheum Theater on State Street now speaks for businesses around the state. Under an order Gov. Tony Evers said he plans to issue Tuesday, only essential businesses will be allowed to remain open during the current public health crisis.
COVID-19-Bars and Restaurants
Hanah Jon Taylor plays the saxophone Saturday outside his jazz club, Cafe Coda, on Williamson Street that was ordered to close earlier this week along with bars and restaurants across the state due to the spread of COVID-19.
COVID-19 UW Virtual Match Day
UW-Madison medical school student India Anderson-Carter, right, learned Friday where she will spend her medical residency. The "Match Day" celebration took place virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic. She celebrates with friends and family, including her sister, Lexus, left.
Covid State Street
A near empty State Street and Library Mall in Madison Thursday March 19, 2020. STEVE APPS, STATE JOURNAL
A group of 10 children, from age 4 through fourth grade, spend time on the playground Thursday at Kids' Safari Learning Center in Cottage Grove. The center, the largest in Dane County, was adjusting to new pandemic guidelines issued Wednesday that limit the number of children and staff.
Adam Briska and Ashleigh Ross -- with their children, Rosa, 5, and Ian, 4, and their dog, Luigi -- are working from home since their children's day care provider closed Monday.
Barber Sherman Plaza
Sherman Plaza Barbers owner Tim Roberts trims the hair of Charlie Hodkiewicz, 8, Wednesday. Businesses requiring close contact with customers are contending with constraints posed by COVED-19.
Paul Welton, head custodian at Rome Corners Intermediate School, helps with handing out computers for students as vehicles pull through the bus lane for pick up outside the school in Oregon, Wis., Wednesday, March 18, 2020. AMBER ARNOLD, STATE JOURNAL
Shelby Retzlaff, assistant food service director for the Oregon School District, hands out lunch for today and breakfast for tomorrow for those interested as vehicles pull through the bus lane to pick up student computers at Rome Corners Intermediate School in Oregon, Wis., Wednesday, March 18, 2020. AMBER ARNOLD, STATE JOURNAL
UW Moving to Online Only
Visitors walk through UW's Memorial Union Terrace in Madison, Wis., Tuesday, March 17, 2020. The university announced that classes will remain online through the spring semester to prevent the spread of COVID-19. AMBER ARNOLD, STATE JOURNAL
UW Moving to Online Only
UW-Madison graduate student Bryan Luu walks down Bascom Hill on campus in Madison, Wis., Tuesday, March 17, 2020. The university announced that classes will remain online through the spring semester to prevent the spread of COVID-19. AMBER ARNOLD, STATE JOURNAL
With coronavirus concerns prompting the closure of schools and businesses, some area residents are finding respite in the outdoors. Here, Sol Kelley-Jones of Madison, Wis. shares a moment with her son, Reyah, 2, during a trip to the UW-Arboretum in the city Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Kelley-Jones, a part-time faculty member of Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, is among those affected by the closings. JOHN HART, STATE JOURNAL
With coronavirus concerns prompting the closure of schools and businesses, some area residents are finding respite in the outdoors. Here, a bicyclist rides along Arboretum Drive Tuesday, March 17, 2020. JOHN HART, STATE JOURNAL
Sam Stampfli, 10, and his mother, Kari, package food items from the food pantry at Leopold Elementary to be delivered to families in need who won't have access to the pantry with the school shut down.
Madison school meals
Leopold Elementary School student Shalom Harimana, 12, right, and his brother, Danny, 7, receive pre-packaged bags of breakfast and lunch meals Monday from workers with the Madison School District. With schools closed for at least three weeks, the district is providing free weekday meals for students.
Hawk's Bar & Grill
Hawk Sullivan, owner of Hawk's Bar & Grill on State Street in Madison, said people who care about local restaurants and bars need to write their elected representatives and urge them to bail out small businesses that have been swamped by new limits on public gatherings.
State Street -- Coronavirus
State Street on Monday saw few passers-by as retail businesses along the pedestrian mall navigate how to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking to changes
Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway talks Sunday about "aggressive" action city and county officials are taking to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, including immediately closing all Dane County schools, banning gatherings of 50 or more people and reducing restaurant capacities by half.
Jenifer Street Market
After Jenifer Street Market received a specially-ordered delivery of paper goods Saturday, store worker Ben Grefsheim stocks packages of bath tissue at the East Side neighborhood store.
COVID-19 coronavirus UW-Madison campus dorm move-out
UW-Madison freshman Megan Beaulie, right, chats in her dorm room in Waters Residence Hall with fellow freshman Cristina Dombrowski, who lives down the hall, as the two on March 12 prepare to move off campus because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Beaulie, a 19-year-old UW-Madison freshman majoring in civil engineering, had spent the previous night packing her whole wardrobe in suitcases.
School closure news conference
Madison interim Superintendent Jane Belmore takes questions Friday from reporters about the district's plans for when all Wisconsin schools are required to close by 5 p.m. Wednesday. Tuesday will be the last day of classes for students in the Madison School District.
Coronavirus cleaning at UW
Dukmo Key, with UW-Madison Housing Services, cleans a door inside Elizabeth Waters Residence Hall on campus Thursday as students prepare to move out temporarily because of the COVID-19 outbreak caused by the new coronavirus.
UW Spring Break
Students at UW-Madison prepare to board a bus as they depart for spring break from the campus in Madison, Wis. Friday, March 13, 2020. Officials asked those living in on-campus housing to move out for a month to prevent the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. JOHN HART, STATE JOURNAL
UW-Madison freshman Brynn Sproul, 19, packs up her belongings as she prepares for an extended stay away from Smith Residence Hall. She plans to take courses remotely at home in Stoughton but wonders how her theater class will translate online.
UW-Madison freshman Ryan Zelen, 19, carries his belongings to an elevator in Smith Residence Hall. Officials asked those living in on-campus housing to move out for a month to prevent the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.
Evers news conference
Under the emergency declaration he announced Thursday, Gov. Tony Evers has directed the state Department of Health Services to "use all the resources necessary to respond to and contain the outbreak" of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank speaks during a Wednesday news conference about the university's decision to suspend face-to-face instruction through April 10. University Health Services executive director Jake Baggott, right, is spearheading UW-Madison's response to COVID-19.
Safdar, Rhodes-Conway and Parisi
Dr. Nasia Safdar, medical director of infection control at UW Health, left, joins Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway and Dane County Executive Joe Parisi in talking about how local government, health and hospital officials are preparing for potential community spread of the new coronavirus.
COVID-19 News conference
Dane County Executive Joe Parisi, behind the podium, said at a news conference Wednesday that local officials are preparing for the likelihood of community spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. With him are other local officials and infection-control leaders from Madison hospitals.
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