City of Milwaukee in phase 3 of its Moving Forward Plan
MILWAUKEE, WI (CBS 58) – Bars and restaurants were allowed to reopen last week after shutting down for more than two months.
On Tuesday, June 9, city officials revealed a new opportunity to help local businesses get back on their feet.
Beginning on Wednesday, June 10, the program will allow restaurants and bars to apply to expand outdoor seating.
Interested businesses will be allowed to set up tables on the sidewalk or street. Any business on a street with a speed limit of 25 MPH or lower can apply.
The city isn’t making masks a requirement, but they are highly recommended.
They’re also encouraging small bars and restaurants to apply for the various grants available for up to $15,000.
That money will go towards things like the proper protective equipment for employees, modifications like dividers, Plexiglas, or patios, and perishable inventory.
The deadline for those applications is this Friday, June 12.
“We’re going to accept everybody that applies before that, however, we’re not going to do it on a first come, first serve basis”, said Natanael Martinez, commercial corridor manager. “As long as you get your application in on time, you have a shot at getting some assistance. The limit is going to depend on the total funding for the program and total demand for the program.”
Restaurants will still have to follow phase 3 guidelines. After 14 days, the city will reevaluate the data which includes looking at the number of positive cases, before moving to phase 4.
They’ll then allow for up to 50% capacity at some establishments.
You can find more information about the phases and grants here.