Restaurants and taverns in Milwaukee can re-open their doors Friday afternoon starting at 2 p.m. with some limitations, according to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.
Establishments may only operate at maximum 25 percent capacity in order to guarantee physical distancing, according to the Mayor’s statement during a daily combined news conference with health officers from the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County. Barrett cited City Health Commissioner Jeanette Kowalik’s review of COVID-19 cases from the last week as one of his criteria for the re-opening.
The city has also created a new program for restaurants and bars to expand their outdoor dining. They need to apply for permits which would allow them to set up dining on sidewalks and nearby streets. Click here for information.
Barrett also said that other businesses will start to see loosening of coronavirus-related restrictions as well. Mandated precautions of businesses not deemed “essential” by city leaders have been in place since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March.