By Shereen Siewert

Wausau Mayor Katie Rosenberg on Thursday issued a statement outlining the city’s response to the state Supreme Court ruling that overturned Gov. Tony Evers’ Safer at Home extension.

Rosenberg said the city is in constant communication with the Marathon County Health Department to determine steps forward as a region, with guidance from the state today in a unified approach.

“The reason I must rely on the Marathon County Health Department for guidance is because statutorily, I don’t have the authority to issue those health orders,” Rosenberg said.

Those orders must come from the Marathon County Health Department.

Rosenberg is urging residents to continue practicing social distancing, hand washing thoroughly and regularly and wearing a mask when appropriate.

“Just because the Safer at Home order is over doesn’t mean the virus is gone,” Rosenberg said, adding that residents should follow CDC guidelines found here.

With guidance from state health officials, the WEDC offered guidelines to businesses to help keep employees and customers safe.

Wausau City Hall is still closed to the public with limited access to ensure the safety of city employees and residents, Rosenberg said. Wausau Metro is still following health guidelines to protect drivers and passengers by not collecting fares, using the back doors on the buses when appropriate, and limiting riders.

“We will announce reopening procedures in the coming weeks when I determine it’s safe and appropriate to do so,” Rosenberg said. “Please continue to keep yourself, your families, and your neighbors safe.”