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Lawmakers and Tavern League of Wisconsin react to 'Safer at Home' extensionSubmitted: 04/18/2020
Zack White
Zack White
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Lawmakers and Tavern League of Wisconsin react to 'Safer at Home' extension
RHINELANDER - Gov. Evers recently added an extension to his 'Safer At Home Order' which has some restaurant owners to worry about their futures.

"No we're not gonna make it through and we have lost members, and we need to find a solution to bridge the gap between now and getting back to normal," said Wisconsin Tavern League Spokesperson Scott Stenger.

Restaurants and even bars are restricted to carry-out and delivery, which some say is not enough.

"It's not working, it's not working to-go is essentially a one night proposition, Friday night is the night we get business," said Stenger.

Which Stenger said is a huge problem


"That's it to-go isn't enough to pay the bills," said Stenger.

Local Wisconsin lawmakers, like Representative Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander) said he understand how complex things are.

"We're very frustrated in the tourism the tourism industry, obviously it's such a huge economic impact here in the Northwoods," said Swearingen.

Senator Janet Bewley (D - Mason) said she agrees.

"I talk daily with multiple resort owners, campground owners, even summer camp kids and families," said Bewley.

Bewley said in order for the state to return to normalcy, more testing needs to be done.

"Another thing that comes into play its that I think we need so much more testing," said Bewley.

Although several restaurant owners say they would like to re-open as early as possible, they remain adamant that health is the highest priority.

"We wanna do this right, we wanna open up safe, we want our employees to be safe and our customers to be safe, the last thing we want to do is go through this again," said Stenger.

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