The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Wednesday the stay at home order is unconstitutional and the state can re-open, but for more than two months the once-vibrant city Milwaukee became a ghost town.
The court ruled in a 4-3 decision that Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ administration overstepped its authority when the state Department of Health Services extended the order to May 26.
The court’s decision comes after the Legislature’s Republican leaders filed a lawsuit last month arguing the order would cost jobs and hurt many companies, claiming that if it was left in place, “our State will be in shambles.”
Ever’s called it the Republican’s “Wild West Plan” that will cause the virus to spread. “It’s a bad day for Wisconsin,” he told CNN.
Bars and restaurants will be open at full capacity under the order.
Milwaukee, which was slated to hold the Democratic National Convention this summer with thousands of visitors, delegate, reporters will not benefit from that economic boost. Instead, the DNC announced it will hold a virtual convention despite the state re-opening under a court order.
Prior to the order, Brian Slawson, a filmmaker captured the lonely city in a dark and disturbing video. His video (below) has been viewed more than 100,000 times on Facebook. The UWM Report published a story about Slawson in its alumni publication.
“It was a way to fight my own grief, think outside of my own personal story, and see how this really affects everyone. I saw a story to tell,” Slawson told the UWM Report.
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