The Wisconsin Supreme Court, in a 4-3 ruling, has declared Wisconsin’s “Safer at Home Order” unlawful, invalid, and unenforceable. See Wisconsin Legislature v. Palm, Case No. 2020AP765-OA (Wisc. 2020). The Court ruled in favor of the Wisconsin Legislature and struck down Emergency Order 28. The Court’s decision is effective immediately.
The Safer at Home Order was first issued on March 24, 2020 by Andrea Palm, Secretary-designee of Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services. That order, Emergency Order 12, was issued at the direction of Governor Tony Evers and required all individuals present in Wisconsin to stay at home or at their place of residence from March 25, 2020 through April 24, 2020, unless otherwise exempted.