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 4.4 of the Moving Milwaukee Forward Safely Plan. Due to positive momentum with gating criteria some restrictions have been lightened. Updates in this order include:

  • Event venues and gathering places like museums and performance spaces can now have up to 25% capacity WITHOUT submitting a safety plan to the health department, up to 250 people maximum in the space
  • For more than 250 people, you will need to submit a plan to the health department for the type of event (wedding, tradeshow, convention, meeting, etc)
  • Patrons can order from the bar if they maintain distancing and the line does not extend into the seating area
  • Sports events and tournaments can have fans up to 250 people or 25% capacity
  • These capacities are PER room, not per location. .

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.