Wisconsin bars, supper clubs and restaurants can open immediately, says Tavern League

MADISON, Wis. – Bars, restaurants and supper clubs can open immediately following the State Supreme Courts overturning of the Safer At Home order.

Tavern League President Chris Mariscano says some bars could open as soon as Wednesday night, depending on available staff.

“We were not surprised by (the decision),” Mariscano said. “We thought all along that we were in the right and that the Governor’s decision was wrong to close us down.”

Mariscano says businesses opening will still have to abide by regulations and guidelines created by health experts.

“Of course we’re going to follow the guidelines  to make sure our customers are safe,” he said.

Some counties, like Dane County, have already announced Safer at Home policies and regulations of their own. Mariscano says bars in these communities would have to follow local ordinance.

A statement from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation released after the decision appears to conflict with the Tavern League.

“At this time May 26 is the opening date for all taverns, restaurants and supper clubs,” WEDC said in a statement. “It is possible that the Governor may issue additional orders with capacity restrictions and other social distancing practices or any other orders he deems necessary.”

The WEDC says it has come out with a “Guidance Memo” that taverns, restaurants and supper clubs can use for reopening.