Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, financial strains were a reality for many childcare centers struggling with low pay, tight margins and high staff turnover. As more Wisconsin parents return to work, these businesses are trying to balance the threat of spreading the virus while also making ends meet.
After moving its spring hearings entirely online because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wisconsin Conservation Congress reported a record-setting 64,943 responses — double the previous record — on a variety of conservation issues.
For 20 days in April, nurse Elizabeth Riley's day would begin by looking for coverings for her shoes. Then, she would put a shower cap on her hair and secure her one N95 mask that would need to last for the next five days.
While some places in Wisconsin are beginning to reopen after the state Supreme Court struck down the statewide stay-at-home order, other municipalities around the state have opted to remain under the restrictions that have been in place for nearly two months.
Three chefs in Wisconsin are worried the pandemic will hit small, independent restaurants the hardest, and that many won’t come back from it. But they also hope that this is an opportunity to address and fix inequalities in an industry that has been broken for years.