Milwaukee Department of Health issues new COVID-19 order

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After a number of revisions, the City of Milwaukee is once again updating its public health plan, with coronavirus restrictions becoming even stricter.

The Milwaukee Department of Health issued Order 4.2 on Monday, October 26. It goes into effect on Thursday, October 29, leaving only a few days for event spaces, restaurants and bars to make the necessary changes.

“I can tell you it’s been a crazy year,” said Jim McCabe, owner and founder of Milwaukee Ale House and Milwaukee Brewing Company. “A very tricky thing to navigate and as you know it changes from minute to minute. ”

In Milwaukee, restaurant and bar owners like Jim McCabe are gearing up for the next round of changes.

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“It doesn’t throw me so much,” McCabe said.

The founder and owner of Milwaukee Ale House and Milwaukee Brewing Company told FOX6 News he was looking at the COVID-19 case numbers and was not surprised when the city’s health department unveiled Order 4.2 Monday.

“The recent version of the genre throws [the previous] shot out the window and said we’re all back at 25%, ”McCabe said.

According to the updated order, restaurants and bars will be limited to 25% of their capacity, up from 50% – unless the facility’s COVID security plan is approved by the Milwaukee Department of Health.

Public indoor events should not exceed 25 percent of a venue’s capacity or more than 10 people – not including employees – and seating is required.

For outdoor events, up to 25 people can meet with social distancing measures in place.

Weddings, funerals, religious and political events are an exception – allowed to accommodate up to 100 guests or 25% of the space’s capacity.

“At the end of the day, we were really careful with the spacing for things like that,” McCabe said. “There’s nothing we have planned that is over 25% because we’ve been so conservative about it. ”

Although McCabe’s safety plan was approved by the city’s health department, he said he was too careful to protect employees and guests. He also said he envisions better times.

“We have to follow what we have. The point is, we have to get it under control, ”McCabe said. “You know the Roaring Twenties followed the last pandemic, so let’s hope we’re getting ready for the roar. ”

Dance floors are prohibited under article 4.2.

Additionally, team sports are limited to intra-team and intra-school events, unless otherwise authorized by the Milwaukee Department of Health.

“As we assess the metrics that the Milwaukee Health Department is monitoring, it is clear that we have entered a more dangerous time of COVID-19 infections,” Acting Health Commissioner Marlaina Jackson said in a statement. communicated. “It is important that we take additional steps to protect the people of Milwaukee. Our goal is to bring the metrics and criteria back in the right direction so that we can move forward with the reopening and move Milwaukee forward.

Read the full Milwaukee Health Department order here:

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