Public Health Madison & Dane County Releases New Plan for Phased Reopening
Monday, May 18, 2020
Public Health Madison and Dane County late this afternoon released its plan for a phased reopening in Dane County during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Forward Dane plan takes a four-phase approach and will use nine data metrics in three categories to step from one phase to another. 
The Preparation Phase, which begins today, allows many businesses to open for minimum basic operations and to enact the changes that will be required for Phase 1. The Preparation Phase is a period during which businesses of all types will prepare to get back to work following public health guidance for their specific business sector.
This will be followed by three reopening phases (Phases 1-3), each with gradually less restrictive criteria. Phase 1 allows many businesses and institutions, such as restaurants, bars, gyms and retail establishments, to open at 25% capacity.

Also as part of the package of materials released today is a new public health order that goes into effect on Tuesday, May 19. The new Prepare for Reopen Order makes a few changes to the previous order Dane County issued last Thursday in response to the Wisconsin Supreme Court decision to strike down Safer at Home. 

Dane County's new health order:
  • Removes all restrictions on travel.
  • Opens tennis courts and disc golf courses with certain limitations.
  • Allows all businesses to perform minimum basic operations to prepare for a safe reopening.
  • Includes requirements about hygiene, cleaning, and other protective measures that must be followed by businesses that reopen.
  • Removes criminal penalty for violating the order.

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