Lawmakers must make difficult decisions in response to the public health and economic crisis of COVID-19. While many states – including Wisconsin—have opted to close businesses deemed “non-essential,” our communities need a different approach.
Every day more families and businesses struggle under these arbitrary designations and the open-ended “stay at home” shutdown order. Each day that passes without a plan to reopen prolongs the economic crisis, permanently shutting down small businesses, making it harder for families to survive, and hindering the state’s ability to provide assistance and needed services in the future.
And yet, we’ve seen businesses large and small innovate to protect public health while providing the goods and services Wisconsinites rely on. From distillers producing hand sanitizer to shoemakers developing masks for health care providers, Badger businesses are innovating to meet needs in real time.
Wisconsin’s leaders should not make decisions based on the false choice between blanket business shutdowns and business as usual. Let our businesses innovate and find bottom-up solutions that address needs at the community level.
We can re-open Wisconsin for business, while protecting the health of our families and our neighbors.