Wisconsin Indoor Gatherings Limited to 25% Capacity – What Does This Mean for Businesses?

October 7, 2020

Governor Evers signed Emergency Order #3 on October 6th, which limits all Wisconsin indoor “public gatherings” (e.g. any indoor place open to the public) to 25% capacity. If the location doesn’t have a government created capacity (e.g. a personal residence) then the limit indoors is ten people (that are not of the same household).

For business owners this means that any business that is open to the public must abide by the 25% capacity rules – similar to what many municipalities had in effect this Spring. Some businesses are exempt – like grocery stores and medical facilities. The order goes into effect October 8 and is set to expire November 6, 2020 – although it could be shortened or extended. The complete order, which includes a precise definition of “public gathering” as well as all of the business exemptions, is available here. Also, it is worth noting local municipalities can issue more restrictive orders than the Governor’s order. Wisconsin’s DHS also posted a series of FAQs which can be read here.

If you have questions on what this order means for your business, check with your legal counsel. The Law Offices of Lindsey King, LLC offers COVID-19 legal support for small business owners. More information can be found here. If you want to know right away when I post a new blog, sign up for my newsletter!

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