“It’s definitely stressful, for sure,” Correia said. “Rent on State Street isn’t cheap.”
Sheridan, of Ford’s Gym, called the two months the business was closed “horrible,” as expenses piled up but no income was coming in after the gym halted collection of membership dues.
Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ original “safer at home” order closing “nonessential” businesses went into effect March 25 and was originally set to expire April 24. It was extended in mid-April to run through Tuesday until the Republican-leaning state Supreme Court overturned it on May 13, when Dane County put into place it’s own stay-at-home order.
Without the local order, businesses in Dane County would have been able to open without restrictions on May 14.
Under Phase 1 of the county’s reopening plan, gatherings at commercial properties and outdoors are limited to no more than 50 people at a time, with expectations people remain 6 feet apart. That apparently is still to restrictive for Dane County movie theaters, many of which remained closed Tuesday.
Marcus Theatres, AMC Theatres, Flix Brewhouse, New Vision Theatres and Silver Cinemas all say on their websites or in phone recordings that they are closed because of COVID-19.
If some businesses were opening Tuesday, many government-owned attractions were moving more slowly.