The Milwaukee Health Department’s Moving MKE Forward Safely Plan could soon be taking a step back.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is threatening tougher enforcement as the number of coronavirus cases continue to rise.
“There will be a new order this week, it could be as early as today,” Barrett tells WTMJ. “We’ll be talking to the Health Department because it will be officially ordered by the Health Commissioner. But obviously we’ve got concerns when you see these rising numbers that we’re gonna have to take some steps.”
During his interview on Wisconsin’s Morning News, Mayor Barrett also addressed the new record number of homicides so far in the city this year. There have been 159 homicides in 2020. The record was set in 1991 at 165.
“I’m very, very, very unhappy about this,” said Barrett. “Clearly there is a public safety issue. A lot more domestic violence cases than we’ve had in the past, people who know each other. It’s a continuing battle that we have to get resources to the police department, which is a battle in this budget as well.”
For much more from Mayor Barrett on Wisconsin’s Morning News, click in the player above.