How is the university responding to the Safer at Home order?

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 enforce the “Safer At Home Order” by issuing citations to violators, which may result in monetary fines.

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

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