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Douglas County urging businesses to only re-open using safety precautions

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SUPERIOR, WI. -- Now that the Wisconsin's state order has been struck down, some county and city leaders are issuing their own guidelines.

"Proceed with caution, to follow the guidelines that are being put forward by the W-D-C and the Douglas County Public Health", said Superior Mayor Jim Paine.

Paine and Douglas County leaders provided guidance for people and businesses going forward. During the press conference Thursday afternoon, all involved were still very confused about this current situation.

"Things are still very fluid. We are learning as we go, and I would just like people to be patient with that. We are going to try and meet everyone's needs. We want people to be safe, but the virus is still here, it's not gone," said Kathy Ronchi, Douglas County Public Health Officer.

Leaders asked people to use common sense and social distance, but stopped short of making demands or listing restrictions for businesses.

"If a business is very crowded, there are a lot of businesses to support. Find a place that is not as crowded. This response requires responsibility and compliance from everybody," added Paine.

However, the county said if there's a local outbreak, they will be doing contact tracing. If that leads to a certain business and their practices aren't in alignment with recommendations, Ronchi said that business could be closed.

Both leaders emphasized that anyone considered medically vulnerable, or who feels uncomfortable being in public during this pandemic, should still stay home.

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Ryan Compeau

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