Hundreds attend 'Safer at Home' protest in Mosinee

Safer at Home protest in Mosinee, Wis. (WSAW photo)
Safer at Home protest in Mosinee, Wis. (WSAW photo)(WSAW)
Published: Apr. 19, 2020 at 2:08 PM CDT
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A protest over Governor Tony Evers' extension of the 'Safer at Home' order took place in Mosinee on Sunday.

Hundreds were at the protest, taking place in the Central Wisconsin Industrial Park, near IROW Shredding and Crystal Finishing Systems.

On Thursday, Gov. Evers extended the Safer at Home order to last until May 26th. It was orginally set to expire on April 24th.

It's become one of the most important debates in modern American history. How to balance the interest of public health during the covid-19 pandemic, with restarting a battered economy.

People there shared a similar message, saying many businesses won't survive much longer under these conditions.

"Over the course of the last three weeks, four weeks, we're seeing that we're not getting the same kind of outbreaks that they have in New York, or in Milwaukee,” said former seventh district representative Sean Duffy. “And if we don't get back to work soon, we're not going to have jobs to go back to. We have small businesses that are going to fail, when those businesses fail, people don't have jobs to go back and use those resources to feed their family and pay their mortgage.

“So because we're different, I think we should have a different plan than New York. And I think Governor Evers is at a one size fits all policy, which is we should do what other states are doing around the country, when we're very different in Wisconsin. "

Signs at the event asked for people to respect others who chose to socially distance and wear masks, but the large majority of those in attendance were not wearing protective face wear, and much of the crowd was all gathered close together.

"First of all, I think there should have been some more social distancing, and there probably should have been a few more masks,” Duffy said. “That would have been a little more appropriate, if you're not going to stand away from people, you should have a mask on.”

“But this is the risk with bad policy. When you don't think you have the risk in central Wisconsin like other parts of the country, but you have overburdened some regulation, people kind of throw the whole thing out. And if you don't trust your government to do the right thing on policy, you don't start doing anything."

Duffy was one of several speakers at the event. Many people traveled from hours away to be in Mosinee today, and expect a large amount of those at today's rally to also be in Madison for a similar protest there scheduled to take place this Friday.