Racine officials warn they will enforce guidelines as city reopens
RACINE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Racine leaders announced Friday, May 22, the details of the first phase of reopening.
Racine Mayor Cory Mason announced the city will start to reopen on Tuesday, May 26 at 8 a.m. However, he says residents still have to practice safety measures.
The City of Racine now has 838 confirmed cases of COVID-19. As part of phase one, bars, restaurants and retail stores can reopen. Gyms, movie theaters, salons and spas can also reopen.
People who are not practicing good safety measures, or are involved in mass gatherings, could be ticketed and businesses could be shut down by police.
Mayor Mason offered a stern warning looking forward.
"I will not hesitate to publicly good actors and bad ones and make no mistake if the data shows up that we are moving backwards we will stop or back off on this reopening,” Mason said.
Racine Police Chief Art Howell said he encourages the public to look out for violators.
“If there’s gatherings that appear to exceed what is safe we can not only receive text tips, we can receive video clips, we can receive still photos and we can immediately act on those things that are clearly a threat to public safety, Howell said.
A very detailed list on phase one is available HERE.