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Phase 2 of ‘Forward Dane’ reopening plan amended following increase in positive COVID-19 cases

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Starting at 10:00 p.m. Thursday night, amended guidelines for Phase 2 of the 'Forward Dane' reopening plan will go into effect.

The changes enforces limits on private gatherings and adjusts the guidelines for capacity limits for bars and restaurants. All other parts of Phase 2 will carry over to this new order.

  • Private gatherings are limited to 10 or fewer people
  • Bars and restaurants stay at 50% capacity but customers are required to use seating at all times. Seating must be physically distanced (6 feet) from other parties. Parties can only be seated with members of their own household
  • No standing service (i.e., moving to the restroom is fine but patrons must be seated during their visit)

“This new order has changes that target the issues we are hearing about in contact tracing interviews. We make this change after carefully studying our steep case trajectory and learning more about the circumstances surrounding each case from our contact tracers,” said Janel Heinrich, Director of Public Health Madison & Dane County.

In addition to this new order, Public Health Madison & Dane County will be stepping up enforcement activity. In contact tracing interviews, it is clear some businesses are not following the criteria required in Public Health orders.

“There are a small number of businesses that are ignoring public health orders, and by doing so they continue to put their workers, customers, and the community at risk. This has got to stop,” said City of Madison Mayor Rhodes-Conway. “While we are having trouble with a few businesses, I want to acknowledge that we have heard from many businesses that are following the rules and are working closely with Public Health staff to meet the requirements.”​

Public Health Madison and Dane County anticipates remaining in Phase 2 for at least one month.

Matthew Cash

Senior Executive Producer

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