Milwaukee modifies health order allowing up to 250 people at indoor gatherings

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The Milwaukee Health Department on Tuesday, Feb. 2, announced a change in the current public health order as the COVID-19 gating criteria continues to show improvement. 

Under Order $4.4, indoor gatherings can include up to 250 people if masks are worn, attendees stay seated, and there is sufficient space for
distancing. New provisions permit even larger numbers of attendees if an approved safety plan is
in place.

According to a news release from the Milwaukee Health Department, the new order also revises the provisions related to recreational and athletic activities. COVID19 testing will no longer be required for team and contact sports. Additionally, two observers or fans will be permitted for each participant in recreational activities, and, with an approved safety plan, organizations can host additional attendees.

Order #4.4 will take effect on Friday, Feb. 5, The health department anticipates the new order will remain in place for at least the next month.

“Changes in our public health orders are based on a careful review of disease trends and authoritative information from the scientific community. The modifications we are making this week allow for additional reopening while maintaining public safety,” Acting Health
Commissioner Marlaina Jackson said. “We are cautiously optimistic that Milwaukee will see continued improvement in our gating criteria. Even so, the pandemic continues to take its toll here, and we cannot let our guard down.”

Under the new order and with approved safety plans, it will be possible for limited reopening of museums and public exhibition spaces. The Order #4.4 also allows bars and restaurants to establish counter service for ordering and pick up. The provisions covering weddings, funerals and religious entities are modified to match the gathering requirements for entertainment venues. While seating is required for all attendees, standing is allowed at traditional portions of a service.

Read Order #4.4 below: 

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