More than a year has passed since the word “pandemic” became part of our everyday conversations. It was March 25, 2020, when Gov. Tony Evers’ “safer at home” order went into effect, mandating nonessential businesses to close for a month. The future of those businesses, and the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, was unknown.

At the time, Evers acknowledged the economic impact of the order, which he said was based on input from health care experts and scientists along with those in the business community.

“Obviously, we want a strong economy,” Evers said. “But we have to value human life at a higher level. I think we can do both, and that’s what this order is all about.”

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