Bars and Restaurants Can Open Friday in Milwaukee County Suburbs

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Bars and Restaurants Can Open Friday in Milwaukee County Suburbs

First posted by Urban Milwaukee on May 19, 2020

Bars and restaurants in all 18 Milwaukee County suburbs can open to in-person business starting Friday, May 22nd.

The joint Milwaukee County order, which does not encompass the City of Milwaukee, was issued May 14th following the Wisconsin Supreme Court striking down the statewide “Safer at Home” order and is set to expire at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, May 21st.

“This next phase allows all remaining businesses in the 18 suburban municipalities to open, if they choose to, utilizing the “Suburban Milwaukee County Safe Opening Capacity Guidance” chart that will be available on local health department websites. Businesses are also instructed to adhere to CDC and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s safe business practices and physical distancing and protective measures for staff and patrons,” said the communities in a joint statement.

The communities have produced a “safe opening capacity guidance” chart which includes best practices, including encouraging curbside pickup and providing spacing for customers.

Bars and restaurants in all 18 communities may open with a recommended limit of 50 percent of their prior capacity. Cudahy had already pulled out of the order and allowed its bars and restaurants to reopen. Gatherings are recommended not to exceed more than 10 people.

The suburban order governs Bayside, Brown Deer, Cudahy, Fox Point, Franklin, Glendale, Greendale, Greenfield, Hales Corners, Oak Creek, River Hills, South Milwaukee, Shorewood, St. Francis, Wauwatosa, West Allis, West Milwaukee, and Whitefish Bay. None of the counties bordering Milwaukee have countywide restrictions.