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A Message To Our Community Regarding Police Department Operations

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"Safer at Home Order"

On Wednesday, March 25, at 8:00 a.m., a “Safer at Home” order for residents of the State of Wisconsin will go into effect.  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the order restricts residents to their home or place of residence while allowing for:

  • Essential activities
  • Essential governmental functions
  • Essential business operations
  • The performance of non-essential minimum basic operations for businesses 
  • Essential Travel
  • Special situations

In summary:

All individuals are ordered to remain at their home/place of residence.

• All non-essential business and operations must cease

• Any public or private gathering – of any number of people – that are not part of a single

household or living unit are prohibited

• Schools, playgrounds and libraries must be closed

• Salons and spas must be closed

• Places of public amusement and activity must be closed, indoors or outdoors

• Non-essential travel is prohibited

• Outdoor activity – including visiting public and state parks – is permitted; however social

distancing must be observed and team/contact sports are not permitted

Some examples of exceptions include:

• Engaging in activity essential to health and safety of family or pets (medical appointments, getting

medications, etc.)

• Obtaining necessary services/supplies for family or household.

• Performing essential work (including travel)

• Essential governmental functions

The entire order as well as a link related to essential business can be found below this summary.

Complaints & Enforcement

This mandatory order charges local law enforcement with the enforcement of its contents. As we continue to assess the order and its directives we would like to remind you:

  • You do not need special permission to leave your home.
  • Absent specific information regarding a violation, we will not stop/detain vehicles or people solely on the basis of this order.
  • Our primary method of gaining compliance with this order will be through education. Please stay home.
  • This order outlines punishment by fine or imprisonment.  
  • The health of our community at this time is an extremely serious matter. We ask that you do not put us, yourself, or others at risk by violating it this order.

Our resources to investigate and handle complaints pertaining to this order are limited.  Please remember it is difficult to determine a person’s activity or intent without direct contact, and while you may perceive someone to be in violation of this order, there are many valid reasons to be out of a home. We hope members of our community can be respectful of the order and our limited resources. 

We will work in conjunction with Public Health Madison & Dane County to address and investigate complaints, specifically those related to businesses.

When necessary, complaints regarding violations of this order should be made to us via our non-emergency number, (608)270-4300.  Complaints will be investigated and addressed as needed, and when time and resources permit. 

Please reserve 911 for emergency situations.

The Bottom Line

This order has been put in place to protect our community and keep us all healthy. Please do not put friends, family, neighbors, first responders, or medical professionals, at unnecessary risk. We understand this order can be overwhelming but we, along with our partners in the medical field, believe it is vital to protect our community and keep all of us healthy and safe.

Like the rest of this pandemic, the information related to this order may evolve and change. Our goal when dealing with complaints or other concerns related to the order, or the pandemic in general, is to educate. As more details become available we will share them on our social media channels and on this page. 

We are honored to serve our community and we appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this challenging time.  Please remember we are still serving the community each hour, of every day. We would appreciate not being put in unnecessary risk. 

Please stay home and stay healthy. Take care of yourselves and look out for one another.

Thank you for doing your part to keep Fitchburg healthy and safe.

Order & FAQ

Full Text of Order

Safer at Home FAQ

What is an Essential Business?

Visit: Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Essential Business Declaration for more information.

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Social Distancing

Social distancing is the concept of maintaining distance between individuals in order to prevent the spread of germs and diseases. We prefer the use the term physical distancing to describe the six-feet distance required to prevent the spread of a disease such as COVID-19.

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City of Fitchburg Services Impacted By COVID-19

List of modifications to all city services

Important Information Regarding Voting in Fitchburg

Message from the City Clerk regarding voting

Notice Regarding Fitchburg Parks

Effective March 25, all playgrounds in Fitchburg parks are closed.

Health Resources & Links

Dane County COVID-19 Data Dashboard

Public Health Madison & Dane County Coronavirus/COVID-19

Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention COVID-19

Mental Health Resources & Links

National Alliance on Mental Illness - Wisconsin COVID-19 Resources

Need Assistance? - Information for non-medical assistance including financial, housing, and food

Crime & Scam Prevention

Unfortunately a crisis creates opportunities for scam artists and with a whole new at-home workforce there are a host of cyber-security threats.

Stay up to date on current trends related to various scams with these resources:

FTC - Coronavirus Scam Information

We also remind you to be aware of the activity in your neighborhood. Although there are many distractions resulting from this pandemic, please remember to practice basic crime prevention tips.

Crime Prevention Tips