Oct 2, 2020

TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER PREVENTS THE STATE’S RELEASE OF NAMES OF BUSINESSES WITH EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

Wisconsin Restaurant Association logoRecently the Ever’s Administration indicated they planned to release on October 2nd the names of just under 1,000 businesses in Wisconsin that have had two or more employees test positive for COVID-19 since Spring. This planned release was in response to multiple open records requests.

However, on October 1st Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Lloyd V. Carter issued a temporary 5 day restraining order on Thursday (10/1/20) barring the state's release of business names with employees who have tested positive for COVID-19. With this restraining order, the information cannot be released for 5 days. WRA will keep members posted on any new developments.

The order from Judge Carter reads:
Upon the motion of Plaintiffs Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, Muskego Area Chamber of Commerce, and New Berlin Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, pursuant to Wis. Stat. § 813.025 and for good cause shown; It is hereby Ordered that Defendants Tony Evers, Andrea Palm, and Joel Brennan, and their officers, agents, and employees (collectively referred to as “Defendants”), are temporarily restrained from releasing any information relating to businesses whose employees have tested positive for COVID-19 or who contract tracing has shown close connections. This Order shall remain in effect for 5 days unless extended after notice and hearing.