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Milwaukee Reopening


As destinations begin to reopen and events resume, we know safety is top of mind for travelers. Across the city, from transit to restaurants, Milwaukee's businesses and services are taking steps to ensure public health and safety. We, at VISIT Milwaukee, want to make sure all our visitors are aware of the special measures that have been put in place to make your time in Milwaukee fun and protected. 

 

Should I wear a mask in Milwaukee?
On July 13, Milwaukee Common Council unanimously passed a mask requirement for all persons in the City of Milwaukee when not in their homes. You can learn more about the mandate here.
What safety precautions are transportation systems taking?

Whether you travel to Milwaukee by plane, train, car, or bus the following guidelines help protect our visitors and locals while maintaining operations during this health crisis. All transportation outlets may operate and shall comply with Protective Measure Requirements.  

  • Mitchell International Airport: Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport remains open to provide essential air transportation services. The team at Mitchell International Airport have always placed a high priority on terminal cleanliness, and they have further enhanced their cleaning procedures. Click here to view their updates and current guidelines. 

  • Amtrak: To simplify and safeguard the travel experience as America gradually reopens, Amtrak wants to reassure customers that several added cleanliness and convenience measures have been implemented. Click here to view their updates current guidelines. 

  • The Hop: Under the new schedule, which will remain in effect until further notice, the streetcar will operate from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily with cars arriving every 20 minutes. Click here to view their updates and current guidelines. 

  • Milwaukee County Transit System: Wisconsin transit systems across the state have new guidelines to protect drivers and passengers, including new limits on rider capacity. Click here to view their updates and current guidelines. 

  • Ride Share Companies: Uber is reminding everyone who uses their service to follow advice from public health authorities. Click here to view their updates and current guidelines. Lyft wants to ensure drivers and riders know the best ways to help protect themselves and others when sharing the ride. Click here to view their updates and current guidelines.  

  • Bublr Bikes: Riding a bike is a good way to engage in outdoor activity to reduce stress, improve mental health, and boost the immune system – all while complying with social distancing requirements. Click here for a list of safety precautions Bublr has implemented. 

Are bars and restaurants open?
As of late July 1, 2020, Milwaukee is in Phase 4 of its reopening order. This means restaurants and bars are limited to 50% capacity, though some may choose to be only open for takeout orders. Plan to check the website or social media accounts of a restaurant you'd like to patronize or call them directly. Click here for a list of open businesses, including restaurants. 
Can I eat and drink inside a restaurant or bar?
Yes, in some restaurants and bars you can eat and drink inside. As of July 1, 2020, Milwaukee is in Phase 4 of its reopening order. This means restaurants and bars are limited to 50% capacity, though some may choose to be only open for takeout orders. Plan to check the website or social media accounts of a restaurant you'd like to patronize or call them directly.  
Are breweries and distilleries open?
Yes, some breweries and distilleries are open. Click here for a list of open breweries and beer gardens. Like with restaurants, we recommend checking out the business’s website and social media accounts before going.  
Are attractions open?
As of July 2020, some attractions are open. The Harley-Davidson Museum and Milwaukee County Zoo are currently open and Milwaukee Art Museum and Discovery World plan to reopen this month. Just like with restaurants, we recommend calling ahead to any attraction you plan to visit to learn their reopening information. Click here for a list of open businesses, including attractions. 
Are places of worship open?
As of late July 1, 2020, Milwaukee is in Phase 4 of its reopening order. This means places of worship may be open but are limited to 50% of their total occupancy.  
Are parks, playgrounds, and beaches open?

Parks and trails: As of late July 2020, some parks and trails in Milwaukee are open but many are closed. Social distancing and protective measures are recommended at all open parks and trails. For the current list of closures, click here.  

Playgrounds: As of late July 2020, playgrounds in Milwaukee are open with physical distancing and protective measures. 

Beaches: As of July 2020, beaches in Milwaukee are open only for moving through while walking or running and swimming with practice physical distancing and protective measures. 

Is the zoo open?
Yes, the Milwaukee County Zoo is open. All interested visitors must make reservations in advance, some areas of the Zoo are closed, and masks are required. For other safety precautions and to make a reservation, click here.  
Are hotels open?
Yes, some hotels are open. The open hotels have implemented extensive cleaning measures and safety precautions to ensure the health and safety of their guests. To find a hotel, enter the dates you wish to travel and find a list of best available rates here.  You can also view special summer hotel deals here.