Greater Milwaukee health officials announce ‘all remaining businesses’ can reopen Friday

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Posted at 4:18 PM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 17:39:39-04

Suburban health departments in Milwaukee County announced plans to move into the next phase of reopening the economy on Tuesday, with plans for local health orders 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 at their discretion, utilizing the “Suburban Milwaukee County Safe Opening Capacity Guidance” available on local health department websites.

Businesses that choose to reopen are being asked to adhere to CDC and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s safe business practices and physical distancing and protective measures for staff and patrons. Officials in the City of Cudahy withdrew their public health order on Friday, May 15 .

To ensure a smooth transition in getting back to business, local health departments are communicating with businesses throughout their communities to share best practices and guidance about how they can reopen and operate safely.

Many businesses have needed to change the way they operate to provide physical distancing between patrons, increased attention to sanitation, and more changes designed to minimize the transmission of COVID‐19. Health departments are diligently working with business leaders to ensure they have what they need to reopen in a manner that is consistent with the recommended guidance, according to local officials.

Public health leaders have carefully tracked key indicators to guide the safe reopening across the city, county and state. Businesses should contact their local health department with any questions regarding this next phase of reopening and recommendations on safe operating practices.

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