RACINE, Wis. (CBS 58)– Racine coronavirus limitations have actually been put on hold after a decision made Friday, June 19
, by a Racine County judge. After the Safer at Home order was overruled by the state supreme court last month, Racine's health department put constraints in place called “Forward Racine,” but those constraints are nullified in the meantime.
Judge Jon Fredickson made his ruling after questioning whether Racine Public Health Administrator Dottie-Kay Bowersox had the legal power to release the Forward Racine order in the first location.
Forward Racine placed limitations on services including gyms, restaurants and venues, among others.
Racine Mayor Cory Mason says Racine has the greatest per capita coronavirus cases in Wisconsin, but kept in mind the decrease of infection rates with the Forward Racine order in location.
He calls Judge Fredickson's choice “careless.”
Racine Common Council President John Tate II states the city plans to appeal the ruling.
“To eliminate, you know, any level of preventative measures that the city has put in place shows a lack of care for those individuals who are currently dealing with this virus,” he stated.
“The City of Racine never ever must have had to put particular restrictions and protections for its community,” said Racine County District 1 Supervisor Nick Demskey. “That is a statewide responsibility, and the state of Wisconsin stopped working on that.”
Even with restrictions raised, some bars and restaurant owners state they've decided to keep their precaution in place.
Racine Brewing Company states they'll continue to space out tables and limit the amount of clients allowed up until they feel it's safe to completely resume.
“We wish to safeguard ourselves and our small business right now versus having a bunch of individuals crowd in here and be basing on top of each other,” stated B.J. Stein, head of front home personnel at Racine Brewing Co.
. Racine's public health administrator says even with no main order in place, she hopes individuals will still follow CDC suggestions.
Read the full statement from Racine authorities below: