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Restrictions loosened on nonessential businesses, libraries, golf courses, state parks

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Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers announced the “Badger Bounce Back Program” on April 20, a phased plan that will guide Wisconsin toward reopening its economy. Some restrictions on nonessential businesses have been loosened, allowing them to resume minimum basic operations.

Businesses must be able to:

  1. Operate free of contact with customers by providing payment options online or over the phone.
  2. Enact proper disinfecting practices.
  3. Operations must be able to be performed by one staff member.

As of this printing, the following is allowed under two  separate orders issued April 24 and 27:

Nonessential businesses. Minimum basic business operations for nonessential businesses may include customer curb-side drop-off of goods or animals for the purpose of having those goods or animals serviced, repaired, or cared for by the business. Staff within the business or facility must be limited to one person in a room or confined space at a time, including a car or truck. Services must be paid for on-line or by phone. Drop-offs and pick-ups must be scheduled ahead of time to ensure compliance with social distancing requirements. Customers are not permitted in the business or facility. The business may not require a signature by the customer. Suppliers to non-essential businesses and supply chains for non-essential businesses are non-essential and shall only operate under minimum basic operations to provide goods or services to other non-essential businesses operating under this section.

  • Construction businesses may do aesthetic or optional construction work so long as it is performed by a single person;
  • Arts and crafts stores can offer expanded curbside pick-up of materials necessary to make face masks.
  • Landscaping businesses can do aesthetic or optional lawn care so long as it is done by a single employee.
  • Car washes. Entirely automatic car washes and self-service car washes may open for service. High-touch surfaces must be cleaned between each use if possible, or as frequently as practicable.
  • Golf courses opened on April 24, with some requirements including social distancing of at least 6 ft., only online or phone tee time reservations and payments, clubhouses and pro shops are closed, tee times scheduled to ensure social distancing throughout the course, certain requirements for staff and maintenance, driving ranges and miniature golf are closed.
  • Recreational equipment. Minimum Basic Operations may include rental of recreational equipment including but not limited to boats, kayaks, canoes, paddle boats, golf carts, snowmobiles, and ATVs. Staff within the business or facility must be limited to one person in a room or confined space at a time, including a car or truck. Rentals must be paid for on-line or by phone. The business must schedule pick-up and drop-off ahead of time to ensure compliance with Social Distancing Requirements. Customers must remain outside the business or facility. Rented equipment must be cleaned after each use. Suppliers to non-essential businesses and supply chains for non-essential businesses are non-essential and shall only operate under Minimum Basic Operations to provide goods or services to other non-essential businesses operating under this section.
  • Public libraries can provide curbside pick-up of books and other library materials

State parks

State parks have reopened, but annual admission passes and/or trail passes are required. Those without passes must purchase them via phone at
1-888-305-0398. There will be no opportunity to purchase admission passes on-site.

New hours for all properties will be 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. All properties will close weekly on Wednesday.

Capacity will be limited at all properties to prevent overcrowding, and all facilities, including restrooms and drinking fountains, will be closed.

Property conditions will continue to be monitored and adjustments made as needed to limit the spread of COVID-19, protect natural resources and provide safe and accessible opportunities for Wisconsinites to enjoy the outdoors. Visitors are encouraged to follow Leave No Trace principles, maintain social distancing and choose opportunities for outdoor recreation that are in their local community to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

Four properties will remain closed: Gibraltar Rock State Natural Area, Pewit’s Nest State Natural Area, Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area, Dells of The Wisconsin River State Natural Area.

Camping will remain closed through May 26, 2020 – full refunds will be issued to those with reservations.

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