Governor Evers’ Safer at Home order took effect in Wisconsin at 8:00AM  on Wednesday, March 25, and will remain in effect until 8:00AM on April 24.  Every person is ordered to remain at home, though exception is made for the following permitted reasons:

  • Essential Activities
  • Essential Government Functions
  • Essential Business and Operations
  • Minimum Basic Operations
  • Essential Travel
  • Special Situations

As defined in the order, financial institutions and services—including banks, credit unions and other depository or lending institutions—are considered Essential Businesses and Operations.

At this time, individuals are not required to carry documentation nor acquire special permission to leave their homes, but they must comply with the order on permissible reasons to leave home. In light of this, best practice is to provide employees with a letter confirming their employment at the bank as an Essential Business, in case they are questioned.

If you have any questions about drafting such a letter or other matters related to COVID-19 and your institution or employees, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

March 26, 2020