As destinations begin to reopen and events resume, we know safety is top of mind when you're planning and hosting your event. Across the city, from transit to restaurants, Milwaukee's businesses and services are taking steps to ensure public health and safety.

On October 29, Milwaukee entered Phase 4.2 of the Moving Milwaukee Forward Safely plan, which includes the following restrictions: 

  • 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.
Please contact our sales team if you have questions about how these restrictions will impact your event.


What are the Wisconsin Center Guidelines?

The Wisconsin Center District facilities are open and ready to welcome you and your guests. WCD has invested in new cleaning supplies and tools; developed new standards for staff health and safety; and is prepared to help clients execute events in a safe, sanitized facility. Click here to view updates and current guidelines. 

What is the gating criteria for the city's phased implementation?

Gating Criteria will be updated daily and assessed together every 7 days. If the levels meet predetermined targets, the Mayor and Commissioner of Health will assess the ability to move to the next phase as defined in the Moving Milwaukee Forward plan. The following measures are the Gating Criteria: number of cases, testing, hospital capacity, adequate PPE supply, and tracing capabilities. 

What safety precautions are local businesses, including attractions, implementing to promote safety?

Local businesses and attractions are required to abide by the current gathering size limits, monitor physical distancing, and adhere to protective measure requirements including the ban on any self-service food operations. All establishments are to also abide by the safe business practices located within Order #4. 

Will the setup and flow of my event need to change due to COVID-19 and CDC safety guidelines?

Depending upon the location of your event, the flow may shift based upon the current state and local health department guidelines. 

What should I do if I need assistance with virtual and/or hybrid meetings?

Our Event Experience team will be happy to assist in all components of your event. Please contact your assigned event experience concierge for more information. We have a list of local vendors ready to help with your virtual needs. 

What is currently open in Milwaukee for families and groups to enjoy?

Many museums and attractions have now reopened, and Milwaukee's great outdoors are always ready to explore! Enjoy favorites like the Milwaukee Art Museum, Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee County Zoo, and more. Check out our open businesses directory page on our website for more information.