Public Spaces

Safer at Home Order


Restaurants: 

Clarification from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) on the ban of 10 or more people:

The directive instructs restaurants and bars to end dine in service and only provide take-out or delivery.  No seating may be provided and food may not be consumed at the restaurant.

The new clarification for “Take Out” is below:

  • Online and phone orders can be picked up and paid for in person at your establishment provided the social distancing requirements are met.
  • Orders can also be made onsite, limiting the total number of customers in the restaurant at a time to a maximum of 10, if a social distancing of 6 feet between customers can be maintained during order, payment and pickup.

Guidance from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) on Governor Evers' 10 or more people order:

The directive exempts grocery stores and convenience stores with the following requirements:

  • Close all seating intended for use by customers consuming food.
  • Cease self-service operation of salad bars, beverage station and buffets.
  • Prohibit customers from self-dispensing all unpackaged food.

For unpackaged or bulk food products, these are the requirements for how they can be served:

  • Customers may not serve themselves items including, but not limited to: coffee, fountain soda and refill water jugs.
  • Customers may not handle unwrapped bakery items.
  • Employees may serve a customer items including, but not limited to: coffee, fountain soda, refilling or handing a requested bakery item.
  • Employees may package bulk food per a customer request.
  • Employees may grind coffee beans per customer request.
  • Employees may prepare or reheat food items in the kitchen area, package and place the food item in a case for customer self-service. For example, hot dog rollers may be placed in the kitchen to reheat hot dogs for packaging by employees and placement in a customer self-serve hot case.
  • Food items may not be reheated in the customer area. All equipment used for reheating (e.g., hot dog or tornado rollers) must be moved into the kitchen for use.
  • Packaging operations are limited to facility-provided containers only.

This order remains in effect for the duration of the public health emergency declared in Order No. 72, or until a superseding order is issued.

Thank you for your role in keeping Wisconsinites safe and healthy by reducing the spread of COVID-19. If you have questions for DATCP, please send them to datcpdfrsretail@wisconsin.gov.


Frequently Asked Questions:

In addition to prohibiting gatherings of 10 people or more, the order forbids customers at restaurants and retail food establishments from self-dispensing all unpackaged foods. Clarification from DATCP on this: 

Can unpackaged fruits and vegetables be made available to customers?

Yes. Unpackaged fresh fruits, vegetables and other produce may continue to be displayed for selection and purchase by consumers. To minimize the likelihood of repeated hand contact with produce, retailers should consider decreasing the amount of products displayed for sale and re-stock items more frequently. Be sure to regularly clean and sanitize all containers used to store produce.


Lodging Establishments: 

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) wants to provide additional information related to Gov. Evers’ emergency order issued on March 17th and updated on March 20th.

Hotel and Motel Operators

The directive exempts hotel and motel operations, but it does prohibit seating at any food service location, including continental breakfast services.

The exemption allows you to provide food in the following ways:

  • Close all seating intended for consuming food. Cease self-service operations including, but not limited to, pancake/waffle machines, scrambled eggs and buffets. Prohibit customers from self-dispensing all unpackaged food (breads, pastries, cereals).
  • Employees may prepare to-go orders from the breakfast food service area per customer request.
  • Online and phone orders can be picked up and paid for in person, provided there is social distancing of 6 feet between customers.
  • Orders can be made onsite, limiting the total number of customers inside the establishment at one time to fewer than 10, if social distancing can be maintained during order, payment and pickup.
  • Orders may be delivered to guests’ rooms.

Tourist Rooming House Operators

While the directive does not specifically address tourist rooming house operations, please follow these recommendations:

  • Maintain social distancing of 6 feet during all interactions.
  • Limit the total number of guests to fewer than 10.
  • Increase the cleaning frequency of shared toilet facilities, including other shared spaces within the home.

Bed and Breakfast Operators

While the directive does not specifically address bed and breakfast operations, please follow these recommendations:

  • Maintain social distancing of 6 feet during all interactions.
  • Seating for breakfast must be discontinued. Breakfast service may be provided for takeout to registered guests, or delivered to guests’ rooms.
  • Increase the cleaning frequency of shared toilet facilities, including other shared spaces within the home.

 

Quick Links

Grocery Shopping Tips from WI DHS: Click Here

'Staying Safe' flyer for food pantries, homeless shelters, grocery stores, etc: Click Here

Playground and Tennis Court Closure Notice: Click Here