Warning Alert

As of Oct. 5, some statewide restrictions continue in Wisconsin, US, due to COVID-19. Local authorities maintain additional restrictions.

Alert Begins 05 Oct 2020 03:29 PM UTC
Alert Expires 02 Nov 2020 11:59 PM UTC


  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Wisconsin 
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Significant transport and business disruptions


As of Oct. 5, authorities in Wisconsin are maintaining a statewide order for residents to wear protective facemasks to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The order, which will be in place through at least Nov. 21, requires all residents over the age of four to use facemasks whenever they are in indoors or enclosed spaces with people from outside of their household. Other statewide restrictions were lifted in May 13, following a decision by the state's Supreme Court.

However, multiple counties and cities maintain additional restrictions. As of Oct. 5, the city of Milwaukee remains on Phase 4.1 of its economic recovery plan, under which most businesses can operate but some of them under capacity limits, including gyms, retail stores, restaurants and bars, libraries, and hotels at 50-percent capacity. Gatherings of more than 250 people are banned, and the use of facemasks is required in all public settings. Authorities in Dane County, including the city of Madison, continue to order the use of facemasks when in public, and maintain a limit on gatherings to no more than 10 people indoors and no more than 25 people outdoors. Indoor services at bars are banned, and indoor 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 and other indoor entertainment centers can operate at 50-percent capacity.

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


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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