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Oneida County in phase one of reopening plan

Story By WJFW Staff
Local News Published 05/19/2020 5:10PM
Rhinelander - Ever since the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down Gov. Tony Evers' Safer at Home order, its been up to individual counties to make their own rules -- or guidelines -- related to COVID-19.

Oneida County's health department has released among the most detailed plans in the state.

"Onward Oneida County" is a phased re-opening plan -- modeled after Evers' "Badger Bounce Back" program.

It consists of general guidelines that mostly mirror WEDC recommendations, with a few some changes.

County health officials emphasize that the new order is not a law, but a set of best practices for businesses and people trying to stay safe.

"We felt that guidance would be the best route to go," Oneida County Health Director Linda Conlon said. "A lot of people in our area really want to do the right thing and really want to protect both their employees and their customers, so it is guidance only."

The health department's guidelines set a more specific, limit on gatherings than the state's plan.

At the moment, gatherings of more than 50 people are discouraged.

Conlon said that she would wait roughly a month before evaluating whether to loosen those guidelines.
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