Phase 4.2

As of October 29, Milwaukee is under Phase 4.2 of the Moving Milwaukee Forward Safely plan. You can read the full order here. Under this order, the following restrictions are in place:

  • Seating is now REQUIRED in all bars, restaurants, and other venues. You cannot walk around except to come and go, or use the restroom.
  • ALL indoor public and private gatherings are limited to 10 people or 25% capacity for retail and grocery stores
  • ALL outdoor public and private gatherings are limited to 25 people
  • Religious ceremonies are limited to 100 people, including weddings and services and must include seating
  • First Amendment-protected gatherings are limited to 100 people
  • Wedding receptions are limited to 10 people inside; 25 people outside and must include seating
  • Bars and Restaurants with a current approved COVID Safety Plan can operate at full capacity according to their plan. All patrons must remain seated.
  • If you do not currently have an approved COVID Safety Plan, you are subject to Order 4.2 restrictions
  • Private event venues are subject to order 4.2 and are limited to a maximum of 10 people seated.
  • Dance floors are prohibited.
  • Gathering at a bar to order a drink is prohibited; table service by an employee is required.
  • Hotels, venues, and attractions are included in the indoor and outdoor gathering limit.
  • Drive-in events are subject to the restrictions in order 4.2; drive-thru events are not subject as long as patrons remain in their cars at all times.

We have answered some commonly asked questions below - if you have a question about Order 4.2 or how it may apply to you, please feel free to contact us directly.


Phase 4.2 FAQ

Can you go up to get a drink at the bar?
No - a server will take your order and bring your drink to your table. Patrons can only get up to use the restroom or to come and go from the restaurant.
Can a hotel that has an approved safety plan host a meeting with more than 10 people?
No - the approved plan is only for dining. This order has to group certain activities together, so a meeting is considered a gathering and must follow that order; conference rooms are not exempt.
What is the major change for bars and restaurants in this plan?
Establishments that have a COVID Safety Plan must comply with that plan; the only addition to Order 4.1 is a seating requirement. Patrons must remain seated in bars and restaurants.
Do weddings meet the exemption for religious events?
The ceremony can be considered a religious event whether held at a house of worship or in another venue with a religious element, but the reception is not and must abide by the 10 person restriction on indoor events.
Can museums and cultural institutions have more than 10 guests?
No. All indoor gatherings are limited to 10.
When will this order end?
The health department will need to see 2 weeks of positive trending back to green and yellow in the established gating criteria.
What restrictions are there on grocery shopping and other retail?
Grocery stories and retail shops are both limited to 25% capacity.
Do individual safety plans supersede this order?
If a restaurant or bar has an approved safety plan, it can continue operating with the restrictions listed in that plan and are not subject to the 4.2 capacity restrictions. ONLY restaurants and bars have approved safety plans at this time.
Does this order change restrictions on gyms or fitness centers?
There are no new restrictions in order 4.2 regarding gyms or fitness centers; they can continue operating under the same requirements set down in 4.1.
Does gathering capacity include staff?
No, employees are not included in the capacity restrictions.