Bars in Wisconsin reopened the same night the Supreme Court overturned Governor Evers’s decision to extend lockdown till May 26.
The Wisconsin governor’s decision to extend the lockdown until May 26 was challenged in the Supreme Court by Republicans in the state legislature. The Supreme Court, which currently has a conservative majority, ruled in the favour of the Republican legislators.
Many bars in Wisconsin reopened following the Supreme Court’s order.
45 minutes after the bars open in Wisconsin…. pic.twitter.com/xqaDlS6ajP
— Nick's bar (@nicksonsec) May 14, 2020
The Tavern League of Wisconsin, a trade association representing bars in the state, announced businesses can reopen back up. The League also advised bars to follow guidelines from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation on reopening.
Bars in Wisconsin Reopened – What About Other Businesses?
The reopening of the country is slowly becoming a highly political topic. Wisconsin is the latest example of Democrats and Republicans taking different positions on the question of reopening. In DC, President Trump is firmly on the side of reopening the country and allowing businesses to reopen. Democratic governors in states like Washington, California, and New York, on the other hand, have been more cautious.
In the verdict, the Supreme Court advised the governor to work with the state legislature to frame a new reopening plan. The Court also said that the pandemic could go on for months and the governor couldn’t just keep increasing his emergency powers.
The Supreme Court order didn’t just allow bars in Wisconsin to reopen. The order essentially allows other non-essential businesses to reopen as well. Schools will continue to remain shut for the remaining academic session.
Evers is not the first governor in the country to ask for an extension to lockdown restrictions. In Michigan, Governor Whitmer also asked state legislators to extend her emergency powers. She ended up facing protests from people in her state.
While bars in Wisconsin reopened, Elon Musk and Tesla are fighting a different battle. Even though California Governor Newsome allowed manufacturing companies to reopen, he allowed some counties to make their own decision regarding reopening. Officials in Alameda Country, the place where Tesla’s factory is situated, didn’t allow Tesla to reopen. This action promoted Musk to sue the county and threaten to take his company out of the state. Later, Musk called on employees to defy the order and come to work.
The political battle over reopening the country won’t end here. Like bars in Wisconsin, stories from other states regarding businesses trying to reopen will keep surfacing.