Can I still travel to work under the Safer at Home order if I’m an essential on-campus employee?

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services, at the direction of Governor Tony Evers has issued a “Safer at Home” Governor’s Order to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin. “Safer at Home” requires Wisconsin residents to stay at home and engage in physical distancing; it also closes non-essential businesses and bans non-essential travel and social gatherings. The original order went into effect Wednesday, March 25, 2020. On Thursday, April 16, 2020, Gov. Evers extended the order to remain in effect until 8 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, or until a superseding order is issued.

UW–Madison continues to maintain essential university operations, including distance learning and essential research, which is specifically permitted under the Governor’s Order. If you are expected to be on campus for these activities, you are allowed to travel.

Law enforcement is able to enforce the order. UWPD will not randomly stop people who are out and about, and there is no need to obtain a special letter, permit, or permission to leave your home. However, if UWPD receives a complaint or become aware of someone or a group of individuals blatantly ignoring the order, they will take appropriate action to encourage compliance.

The university’s primary focus is in keeping our community safe.

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