Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Business restrictions in Wisconsin, US likely through at least late July due to COVID-19 activity.

  • Alert Begins: 10 Jul 2020 03:15 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 03 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Wisconsin (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Significant transport and business disruptions

Summary
Lingering business disruptions are likely to persist in Wisconsin through at least late July, despite a Wisconsin Supreme Court decision that ordered most state-level business and movement restrictions, that had been implemented in response to coronavirus disease (COVID-19), to be lifted May 13.

However, multiple counties have maintained or reimposed restrictions in recent weeks, in order to curb the spread of COVID-19. As of July 10, the city of Milwaukee on Phase 4 of its economic recovery plan, under which most businesses can operate but under capacity limits, including retail stores, gyms, restaurants, and libraries. Gatherings of more than 250 people are banned, and the use of face masks is strongly recommended. Authorities in Dane County have ordered the use of face masks when in public, starting July 13, and have limited gatherings to no more than 10 people indoors and no more than 25 people outdoors. Indoor services at bars are banned, and services at restaurants can only be offered at 25 percent capacity. In the city of Racine, restaurants can offer dine-in services at 50 percent, and gyms can operate at 25 percent.

All state and county-level restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice.

Advice
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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