Dane County eases restrictions on indoor gatherings under new public heath order

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

Emergency Health Order #11 goes into effect Wednesday and lasts for 28 days.

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

The new order was issued a day after public health officials announced that schools could return to in-person learning as long as strong infection-control measures were met. Decisions on how and when to reopen will be the responsibility of individual districts.

Dane County restaurants can continue to offer indoor seating at a 25% capacity under the new order.

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 resume 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.

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