Guidelines for Reopening

Updated 6/4/20

The North Shore remains in Phase B of the NSHD reopening plan:

Businesses and organizations should continue to follow Phase B of the North Shore Health Department’s Guidelines for a Safe, Phased Reopening (see below).  These Guidelines are similar to those issued by other suburban health departments in Milwaukee County.  The North Shore Health Department’s Guidelines should be used in conjunction with sector specific guidelines by agencies like the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), the WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) and others. 

Letter from the NSHD Health Officer on the North Shore Reopening Plan.


The City of Milwaukee has now moved into Phase 3 of their reopening plan, which closely resembles our Phase B guidelines. However, gathering limits in our plan remain at 10 people maximum. We strongly encourage everyone to continue to limit gatherings both in homes and in public spaces to no more than 10 people.


Gating Criteria:

Moving forward, gating criteria will be reevaluated every seven days to determine when it is appropriate to prepare to move to the next phase. The following measures serve as the gating criteria:

Cases: Trajectory of the ratio of COVID-positive tests

Testing: Testing availability for all residents with COVID-19 symptoms

Care: Hospitals’ ability to treat all patients requiring hospitalization without resorting to crisis standards

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Adequate PPE available for healthcare personnel and first responders

Tracing: Ability to count, trace, and monitor COVID-19 cases and outbreaks in real time

Threshold measures are set for each gating criteria. The criteria will be reevaluated again on Thursday, June 11th to determine if it is safe to move forward. When all five of the criteria are green or yellow, the North Shore will prepare to move to the next phase. The current status for each of the gating criteria can be found in the table to the right and more information is available on the MKE County Office of Emergency Management Dashboard under the “Key Indicators” tab.

Updated 6/4/20