Killing The Economy

While Gov. Tony Evers insisted he was protecting Wisconsin from a deadly virus, Badger State bar and restaurant owners said Evers’ emergency order would kill business.

“It’s mostly the little local businesses, they are the ones that are going to suffer the most,” Armando Perez, owner of the Rock & Roll Cafe in Stevens Point, told Wisconsin Spotlight.

Perez’s restaurant seats 50 customers. After Evers’ Emergency Order #3 went into effect, he was only allowed to seat 12.

“It’s going to kill my dine-in business,” said Perez, who has owned the cafe on Stevens Point’s Stanley Street for six years.

The Governor’s emergency health order restricted capacity in public places to 25 percent. Evers said his Department of Health Services took the restrictive step to deal with rising COVID-19 cases and virus-related hospitalizations in the state.

It was bad news for restaurant owners like Jose Suarez.

“They want to kill my business completely,” said Suarez, owner of Dave’s Restaurant in Waukesha.

Suarez said the little eatery, already hit hard by the pandemic, would be down to serving just four tables under Evers’ capacity restrictions. He has four employees. He can’t imagine laying off anyone, but he knows he’ll have to cut hours.

Perez had an even harder decision.

“I just hired four girls. Now I’m going to have to fire them,” the Stevens Point restaurant owner said. 

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