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Gov. Evers orders new restrictions for bars, restaurants, shops


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(The Center Square) – Wisconsin’s bars, restaurants and shops are looking at a new order that limits occupancy to 25% for the next month. 

Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday ordered the state’s Department of Health Services to limit capacity at thousands of businesses statewide. 

“We’re in a crisis right now and need to immediately change our behavior to save lives,” Evers said. “We are continuing to experience a surge in cases and many of our hospitals are overwhelmed, and I believe limiting indoor public gatherings will help slow the spread of this virus.”


DHS reported on Tuesday that 782 people are in the hospital with the coronavirus. Of them, 209 are in intensive care units. 


According to DHS’s numbers, 80% of Wisconsin's immediately available beds are in use. But there are 134 hospitals across the state. DHS says there are 11,460 beds in all. According to that math, 782 people amounts to less than 7% of the state’s total hospital bed spaces. 

Still, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes took to Twitter with a dire warning. :snip:

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