"Even though the Moving Milwaukee Forward Safely Order permits a larger threshold of individuals in certain places than Emergency Order #3 allows, the additional restrictions listed under the local order do more to prevent COVID-19 transmission than Governor Evers’ Emergency Order #3," the city said in the release.In an email statement, Gov. Evers said he's "concerned" about Milwaukee's announcement and how the decision to shirk the state order could affect the city and the state's health care systems, especially with a rise in hospitalizations in parts of the state.
"We are going to continue supporting our businesses, but at the end of the day we need everyone to do their part to help keep people safe, flatten the curve, and prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said Evers.
He said the state will continue working with the city on its COVID-19 response.
At least one local restauranteur wasn't phased when the statewide order was issued. Morgan Schnabl, founder and owner of Brunch Milwaukee, which has locations in downtown Milwaukee and Brookfield, said both restaurant locations were already operating at 25% indoor capacity due to physical distance requirements."Part of our COVID plan is keeping people six feet apart... by having the tables six feet apart, we're at a 25% capacity anyway," she said. "That's how many seats we can fit." The City of Milwaukee approved the business' safety plan in August. Schnabl said Brunch's Brookfield location follows the same protocol as its Milwaukee location even though it wasn't required to do so by Brookfield's local government. She considers herself lucky-- both Brunch locations are large spaces. Downtown has two floors and Brookfield has expansive outdoor seating that has allowed Brunch to double its total capacity this summer while the weather has been nice. "(Outdoor seating) was a huge game-changer for us this year," she said. "Once it starts getting colder, you're going to see a lot of restaurants struggling."