Wisconsin shuts bars, restaurants over coronavirus

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The Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison. (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)

MILWAUKEE — Wisconsin today joined the growing list of states closing gathering spaces as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus.

Fox 6 in Milwaukee reported that Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers ordered a statewide ban on all gatherings of more than 10 people as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, and closed all bars and restaurants, except for delivery and pickup orders.

The TV station also reported that Evers extended the closure of all public and private K-12 schools indefinitely and called on the state legislature to waive a one-week waiting period to receive unemployment. Evers said he would be talking with legislative leaders on Wednesday about an aid package.

Wisconsin has 72 cases of coronavirus, Fox 6 reported.

Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Kentucky have all closed bars and restaurant dining rooms.

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