Waukesha County Exec. offers suburban perspective on Safer at Home extension

Guest: Waukehsa County Executive Paul Farrow

In today’s Daily MMAC/WMC webinar, guest Paul Farrow voiced concerns about extending “Safer at Home” restrictions. “The challenge we have is we are not sure when the end is going to be. If we wait for the end, there will not be an economy to go back to.” Farrow noted 300,000 people in Wisconsin have filed for unemployment in the past month.

Acknowledging that metro Milwaukee operates as a regional economy, with more than half of Waukesha County residents working outside that county, Farrow said Waukesha has had a totally different experience than its neighboring county to the east. He suggested that instead of making one policy for the entire state, it may make more sense to consider varying levels of impact in different locations.

MMAC President Tim Sheehy concluded, “There will be a long period of the next normal until a vaccine. Employers need to collaborate, share best practices, and build confidence among their customers and employees that they will be safe. We’ve got to figure out a way to do that.”