Parts of the City of Milwaukee are reopening Thursday after a new coronavirus-related order from Mayor Tom Barrett. One Milwaukee Common Council member is not happy about the new order’s limits.
However, the rule does not apply to restaurants and taverns – unlike the more open policies of the 18 suburban communities in the county.
“I think what disappoints me is the fact you’ve got 19 municipalities that make up the entirety of Milwaukee, and (we’re) the one municipality that says ‘We’re going to be different.’ You’ve got all of these health directors saying that it’s OK, but the City of Milwaukee is not? There’s something wrong with that,” Borkowski told WTMJ’s John Mercure on Thursday.
He says restaurants in his district are not being treated fairly. Some of those restaurants and taverns border municipalities with relaxed COVID-19 precautionary orders, including open restaurants.
“The bottom line is that the virus doesn’t know the difference between a city boundary. You’re going to have Milwaukee residents who are going to go to West Allis, who are going to go to Greenfield, who are going to go to Shorewood. I’m not sure where we think we’re ahead in this whole dynamic.”
WTMJ has reached out to Mayor Tom Barrett’s office for comment.