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Visiting Milwaukee Safely

As destinations begin to reopen and events resume, we know safety is top of mind for travelers and meeting & event planners alike. 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. Milwaukee is currently in Phase 6 of the Moving Milwaukee Forward Safely Plan. Due to positive momentum with gating criteria some restrictions have been lightened. Updates in this order include:
  • Restaurant and bars can operate at 50% without an approved safety plan or at the capacity dictated by their plan. Physical distancing requirements will still be in effect.
  • Eating and drinking may only occur while people are seated or stationary. Standing and movement through an area is permitted, but you must be masked while walking.
  • There are no more restrictions on the number of guests that can be seated at the same table.
  • Museums can be open with capacity limits and protective measures including masking.
  • Dance floors can now be opened but masks are required. Dance floor capacity must not exceed one person per 30 sq. feet of space. You may dance with those in your group, but must remain physically distant on the dance floor from other groups.
  • Gathering spaces, including those at places of worship, can now operate at 75% capacity with a maximum of 750 people indoors and 1,000 outdoors, however, more can be allowed with an approved safety plan.
  • Sporting events are now allowed six spectators per player, with a limit of 750 fans indoors or 1,000 fans outdoors as long as physical distancing can be accommodated. An approved safety plan can allow larger crowds. This also applies to bar leagues, like volleyball.
Learn more about the Moving Milwaukee Forward Safelty phased re-opening plan and gating criteria.

Wisconsin is currently in a State of Emergency and Public Health Emergency under Executive Order 104.

Mask Update

Masks are now required in the City of Milwaukee and the State of Wisconsin. You can learn about the City mandate here and the State mandate here.

Getting Around

Whether you travel to Milwaukee by plane, train, car, or bus the following guidelines help protect our visitors and locals while maintaining operations during COVID-19. 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
In an effort 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 Shares
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 to view their updates and current guidelines.