Nonessential Business Declaration
On March 24, 2020, Governor Evers issued the “Safer at Home” (link to order) Order closing all Nonessential Wisconsin businesses until further notice.
While businesses defined in the Governor’s Order as Essential Businesses and Operations are encouraged to remain open, Nonessential for-profit and non-profit businesses in Wisconsin have been instructed to cease all activities, except for minimal basic operations (e.g., maintaining inventory, preserving the business’s physical plant and equipment, processing payroll and employee benefits, etc.).
Businesses, including home-based businesses, may continue operations consisting exclusively of employees or contractors performing activities at their own home or residences (i.e., working from home).
Businesses and operations defined as essential by the Governor’s order shall comply with social distancing requirements.
Businesses fitting the following definitions are allowed to continue operations, according to the Governor’s Order. In the exceptional circumstance that a business is performing essential functions not included in these approved categories, it may request to be designated as essential by submitting this form to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.