Restaurant owner questions fair treatment under revised Milwaukee COVID-19 order

Posted at 10:14 PM, Oct 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-26 23:14:13-04

MILWAUKEE — With COVID-19 cases on the rise, the City of Milwaukee has added new restrictions to indoor and outdoor gatherings, specifically at restaurants and bars across the city. For the most part, venues are limited to 25 percent of their total capacity, and everyone is required to have a seat.

The order says restaurants and bars “shall limit the total number of individuals on the premises to the lesser of 25% of the total occupancy of the location established by the City of Milwaukee, if any, or one person for every 30 square feet of floor space open to the public.”

Buck Bradley’s owner, Wally Paget, says he thinks restaurants and bars are being unfairly targeted.

“I wholeheartedly believe that we are being a scapegoat for this type of rise in activity” said Paget. He says his Old World Third Street restaurant would be limited to about 80 people with the new restrictions - a number of customers he says he’s just not seeing with all the event venues around his location closed.

The order also limits indoor gatherings to 10 people and outdoor gatherings to 25, not including employees. Gatherings protected by first amendment speech like religious and political events and demonstrations could be capped at 100 people, according to the order.

Public health order Phase 4.2 goes into effect Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020.

Read the revised order below:

COVID-19 Public Health Plan... by TODAY'S TMJ4

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