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REOPENING MILWAUKEE: MEETINGS & CONVENTIONS


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.

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.

Visit the City of Milwaukee Health Department for more information.

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 attractions have now reopened, and Milwaukee's great outdoors are always ready to explore! Check out our open businesses directory page on our website for more information.