Beloit city council unanimously approves resolution to reopen

BELOIT, Wis. (WIFR) -- Although the Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned the safer-at-home order, Rock County has since implemented its own restrictions - and now so has the City of Beloit.

The Beloit City Council unanimously approved a resolution Monday night that will allow the economy to reopen at the end of the month with following certain guidelines in place.

"The biggest piece is that businesses can reopen and they need to do so safely and do so with social distancing measures they need to keep six feet distance. " said Sarah Millard, Beloit strategic communication director.

The resolution includes:
Requiring any buildings or public spaces to follow safety practices and social distancing.

Strongly discourage gatherings of more than 25 people.

Encourage Beloit residents to stay home when possible and not travel outside of Rock County, particularly for those who are more at-risk of contracting COVID-19.

Rock County's public health order is more stringent than what is being proposed in the City of Beloit's resolution; whichever is the more stringent order will be followed.

“Our goal is to keep our neighbors healthy,” said City Manager Lori Curtis Luther. “We understand and respect all of the sacrifices made by Beloit families during the last two months. We are all in this together, and we look forward to safely reopening our local economy while protecting those in our community who are vulnerable to COVID-19.”

Rock County’s safer-at-home order expires on May 26. These rules would then take effect in the City of Beloit unless the order was extended by the county.

The resolution and an FAQ will be posted to the City of Beloit’s website at www.beloitwi.gov/covid19.