Virus Outbreak Wisconsin Lawsuit

Owner Michael Mattson toasts the opening of the Friends and Neighbors bar following the Wisconsin Supreme Court's decision to strike down Gov. Tony Evers' stay-at-home restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic, Wednesday, May 13, 2020, in Appleton, Wis. (William Glasheen/The Post-Crescent via AP)

MADISON — A court ruling tossing Wisconsin's stay-at-home order threw communities into chaos Thursday as some bars opened immediately and were packed with customers while other local leaders moved quickly to keep strict restrictions in place amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The conservative majority of the Wisconsin Supreme Court late Wednesday afternoon ruled that the “safer at home” order from Democratic Gov. Tony Evers was invalid and threw it out effective immediately. The order forces Evers to work with the GOP-controlled Legislature on a new plan, a process that could take weeks.

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