UWPD supports the State of Wisconsin’s “Safer at Home” order and its effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin.
As the governor’s order states, you are expected to stay at home as much as possible. You can read the full order here and note that it includes exemptions for essential services, grocery store and pharmacy trips, doctor visits, taking care of sick or elderly loved ones, etc. There is no need to obtain a special letter, permit, or permission to leave your home.
While law enforcement has the legal authority to enforce this order, UWPD will not randomly stop people who are out and about. However, if we receive a complaint or become aware of someone or a group of individuals blatantly ignoring the order, we will take appropriate action to encourage compliance.
Rest assured that we’re aware of the exceptions and our primary focus is in keeping our community safe.