Dane County issues new public health order, increases outdoor gathering limits

MADISON, Wis. — Dane County leaders have issued another public health order limiting indoor and outdoor gatherings.

Emergency Health Order #12 goes into effect Wednesday and basically mirrors the one currently in place. It expires on Feb. 10.

The order allows for indoor gatherings of up to 10 people and limits outdoor gatherings to 50 people. Previously, Public Health Madison & Dane County limited indoor gatherings to 10 people and limited outdoor gatherings to 25 people. That order remains in effect through Tuesday.

Schools are allowed to continue with in-person learning for all grade levels under the order. Colleges, universities and higher education centers can also remain open as long as each place determines a policy for safe operations.

Dane County restaurants can offer indoor seating at a 25% capacity. Restrictions remain in place for bars and taverns.

Stores are also required to keep capacity limits at 50%. Some stores, if large enough, will also be required to have special hours for vulnerable individuals. Sampling of goods is not allowed.

Gyms can continue indoor classes as long as physical distancing can be maintained at all times. Indoor exercise classes are limited to 10 people.

Salons and spaces must limit the number of clients to 50% of approved capacity levels. The same goes for places like bowling alleys and museums. Businesses are also required to keep six feet between work spaces.

The new order still requires people to wear face coverings in public spaces.

Violation of the emergency order could result in a $1,000 fine, according to the City of Madison.

The public health orders will continue to be issued in 28 day increments, which is two incubation periods of COVID-19 illness, and are developed in response to the latest local data.

You can read about the new emergency order in detail here.